IN THE MATTER OF IHAB AWAD IBRAHIM AN ATTORNEY AT LAW
Argued: April 19, 2018
Docket Nos. XII-2016-0032E, XII-2016-0021E
Richard M. Cohen appeared on behalf of the District XII
P. Clark appeared on behalf of respondent.
A. Brodsky Chief Counsel.
C. Frost, Chair.
Honorable Chief Justice and Associate Justices of the Supreme
Court of New Jersey.
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).
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).
reasons set forth below, we determine to impose a censure.
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).
18-057 (District Docket No. XII-2016-0032E)
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.
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 ...