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In re Ibrahim

Supreme Court of New Jersey

August 3, 2018

IN THE MATTER OF IHAB AWAD IBRAHIM AN ATTORNEY AT LAW

          Argued: April 19, 2018

         District Docket Nos. XII-2016-0032E, XII-2016-0021E

          Richard M. Cohen appeared on behalf of the District XII Ethics Committee.

          Robert P. Clark appeared on behalf of respondent.

          Ellen A. Brodsky Chief Counsel.

          DECISION

          Bonnie C. Frost, Chair.

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

         These matters were before us based on two separate recommendations for discipline filed by the District XII Ethics Committee (DEC), which we determined to consolidate for disposition. The first matter (18-057) was before us on a recommendation for an admonition, which we determined to treat as a recommendation for greater discipline, in accordance with R. 1:20-15(f)(4). The two-count formal ethics complaint charged respondent with violating RFC 1.2(c) (a lawyer may limit the scope of the representation only if it is reasonable under the circumstances and the client gives informed consent) and RPC 1.5(b) (failure to communicate in writing the rate or basis of the fee).

         The second matter (18-058) was before us on a recommendation for a reprimand. The sole count of the formal ethics complaint charged respondent with violating RPC 4.2 (improper communication about the subject of the representation with a person the lawyer knows to be represented by counsel).

         For the reasons set forth below, we determine to impose a censure.

         Respondent earned admission to the New Jersey bar in 2013. He is a sole practitioner, with his primary office in Jersey City, New Jersey. On August 1, 2017, respondent was reprimanded for negligent misappropriation of client funds and recordkeeping infractions. In re Ibrahim, 230 N.J. 216 (2017).

         DRB 18-057 (District Docket No. XII-2016-0032E)

         Lulseged Gonitie, the grievant, retained respondent to represent him in connection with a motor vehicle citation he had been issued, on April 10, 2016, in Jersey City, for failure to obey a stop sign. Prior to the representation, during a pro se municipal court appearance, the prosecutor had offered Gonitie a "no points" violation in return for a guilty plea. Gonitie rejected that plea offer and informed the judge that he desired to retain an attorney, and take the matter to trial.

         After the judge granted an adjournment, Gonitie sought out respondent, whose firm had sent him a postcard offering a free consultation. Having decided to proceed with the representation, Gonitie paid respondent $100, with an additional $100 due on the scheduled court date, which Gonitie ultimately paid. Respondent did not ...


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