Name Lending Leads to Attorney Suspension
What’s in a name? The New Jersey Law Journal recently reported that the Supreme Court issued a three month suspension to an attorney for “lending” his name to a law firm where he was a nominal partner and had no role in the business of the firm.
According to the Disciplinary Review Board (“DBR”), the attorney did not practice in or receive compensation from the firm bearing his name but allowed his signature to be stamped on documents for certain real estate and mortgage modification matters. The DBR noted that the activity constituted, inter alia, assisting with the unauthorized practice of law.