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Matter of Pantoja

New Jersey Supreme Court


Decided: September 27, 1994.

IN THE MATTER OF RAFAEL M. PANTOJA, AN ATTORNEY AT LAW

Order

The Office of Attorney Ethics having filed a petition with the Supreme Court recommending that RAFAEL M. PANTOJA of NEW YORK, NEW YORK, be immediately temporarily suspended from the practice of law, and good cause appearing;

It is ORDERED that RAFAEL M. PANTOJA is temporarily suspended from the practice of law, effective immediately, and until further Order of this Court; and it is further

Ordered that the Office of Attorney Ethics take such protective action, pursuant to Rule 1:20-11(c), as may be appropriate to gain possession and control of the legal files, records, practice and trust assets of RAFAEL M. PANTOJA, wherever situate, pending further Order of this Court; and it is further

Ordered that all funds, if any, currently existing in any New Jersey financial institution maintained by RAFAEL M. PANTOJA, pursuant to Rule 1:21-6, shall be restrained from disbursement except upon application to this Court, for good cause shown, pending the further Order of this Court; and it is further

Ordered that RAFAEL M. PANTOJA show cause before this Court on October 24, 1994, at 2:00 p.m., Supreme Court Courtroom, Hughes Justice Complex, Trenton, New Jersey, why his temporary suspension and the restraints herein should not continue pending final Disposition of any ethics proceedings pending against him and further why the funds restrained from disbursement should not be transmitted by the financial institutions who are the present custodians to the Clerk of the Superior Court for deposit in the Superior Court Trust Fund, pending the further Order of this Court; and it is further

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ORDERED that David E. Johnson, Jr., Esquire, or his designee, present this matter to the Court; and it is further

Ordered that RAFAEL M. PANTOJA be restrained and enjoined from practicing law during the period of his suspension and that he comply with Administrative Guideline No. 23 of the Office of Attorney Ethics dealing with suspended attorneys.

WITNESS, the Honorable Robert N. Wilentz, Chief Justice, at Trenton, this 27th day of September, 1994.

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