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In re Servance

May 9, 1986

IN THE MATTER OF SYLVESTER SERVANCE, AN ATTORNEY AT LAW

ORDER

SYLVESTER SERVANCE, of VOORHEES, who was admitted to the Bar of this State in 1977, having been ordered by this Court to show cause why he should not be disbarred or otherwise disciplined for conduct involving misrepresentation and fraud, in violation of DR 1-102(A)(4), and conduct adversely reflecting on his fitness to practice law, in violation of DR 1-102(A)(6), and respondent having made no appearance before this Court, and good cause appearing;

It is ORDERED that the findings of the Disciplinary Review Board are hereby adopted and respondent is disbarred; and it is further

Ordered that the Decision and Recommendation of the Disciplinary Review Board, together with this order and the full record of the matter, be added as a permanent part of the file of said SYLVESTER SERVANCE as an attorney at law of the State of New Jersey; and it is further

Ordered that SYLVESTER SERVANCE be and hereby is restrained and enjoined from practicing law; and it is further

Ordered that respondent comply with Administrative Guideline No. 23 of the Office of Attorney Ethics dealing with suspended, disbarred or resigned attorneys; and it is further

Ordered that SYLVESTER SERVANCE reimburse the Ethics Financial Committee for appropriate administrative costs.

Decision and Recommendation of the Disciplinary Review Board

To the Honorable Chief Justice and Associate Justices of the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

This matter is before the Board based upon two presentments filed by the District IV (Camden County) Ethics Committee recommending public discipline. The Board makes the following findings of fact:

1. Carol Wright Matter

Carol Wright of Philadelphia met Respondent in March 1982 after being referred to him through a friend of hers who had made successful financial investments with him. Wright was looking for someone to advise her legally and financially. Respondent, a member of the bar of this state, was an insurance agent in Philadelphia. He resided in this state and had printed stationery indicating he was an attorney at law and was in

partnership with another attorney with an office at 2102 Laurel Road, Lindenwold. The 1982 New Jersey Lawyers Diary indicated that his law office was located in Paterson, which, in fact, was his mother's address.

Although Wright's testimony was not wholly consistent with the evidence produced at the Ethics Committee hearing, the Board finds as a fact that she first gave Respondent money on March 11, 1982 and not February 11, 1982 as she had testified at that hearing. On March 11, 1982 she went to Respondent's office and was introduced by Respondent to a William Smith who was investing in land to build a casino in Atlantic City. She gave Respondent $3,000 in cash. In return, Respondent gave ...


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