IN THE MATTER OF DAVID A. WALKER AN ATTORNEY AT LAW
Argued: February 15, 2018
Hillary K. Horton appeared on behalf of the Office of
Respondent waived appearance for oral argument.
A Brodsky Chief Counsel
C. Frost, Chair
Honorable Chief Justice and Associate Justices of the Supreme
Court of New Jersey.
matter was before us on a motion for final discipline filed
by the Office of Attorney Ethics (OAE), pursuant to R.
1:20-13(c), following respondent's guilty plea in the
Superior Court of New Jersey, Mercer County, to one count of
third-degree conspiracy with the purpose of promoting or
facilitating the commission of the crime of using a runner,
in violation of N.J.S.A. 20:21-22 and N.J.S.A. 2C:5-2.
determine to impose a one-year suspension, retroactive to
respondent's temporary suspension, on July 7, 2017.
did not report his criminal conviction to the OAE, as
R.1:20-13(a) (1) requires.
was admitted to the New Jersey bar in 1983, to the Washington
D.C. bar in 1989, and to the New York bar in 1990. He has no
prior final discipline in New Jersey.
July 7, 2017, the Supreme Court temporarily suspended
respondent after he pleaded guilty to the conduct underlying
this matter. In re Walker, 229 N.J. 515 (2017).
was declared ineligible to practice law by Court Order,
effective September 12, 2016, for failure to pay the New
Jersey Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection annual
attorney assessment for 2016. He remains ineligible to date.
1, 2014, the New Jersey State Grand Jury returned an
indictment charging respondent with second-degree
racketeering (N.J.S.A. 2C:41-2c and N.J.S.A. 2C:41-2d) (count
one); third degree conspiracy to use a runner (N.J.S.A.
2C:21-22.1 and N.J.S.A. 2C:5-2) (count thirty-nine); and
third-degree criminal use of runners (N.J.S.A. 2Cj21-22.1 and
N.J.S.A. 2C:2-6) (count forty).
March 13, 2017, respondent pleaded guilty before the
Honorable Thomas M. Brown, J.S.C., in the Superior Court,
Mercer County, to one count of third-degree conspiracy to use
a runner, in contravention of N.J.S.A. 2C:21-22.1 and
N.J.S.A. 2C:5-2. In exchange, the New Jersey State Office of
the Attorney General (the State) agreed to dismiss the
remaining counts (one and forty) against respondent, and to
recommend a 364-day term of incarceration in the county jail,
followed by probation. Under the plea agreement, the State
agreed not to oppose respondent's application to the
Sheriff's Labor Assistance Program (SLAP),  but precluded
respondent from applying for admission into the Pretrial
admitted that, for the four-and-one-half years from June 1,
2009 to January 1, 2014, he conspired with brothers Anhuar
and Karim Bandy, owners of KEKK Marketing, Inc., purportedly
a managing or marketing company. According to the indictment,
the scheme involved the Bandy brothers' use of runners to
recruit automobile accident victims as patients for treatment
at certain chiropractic facilities named in the indictment.
involvement was limited to his agreement with the Bandy
brothers to accept the referral of chiropractic patients,
through KEKK, for their potential legal claims. In exchange,