Notice - Defaults for Review By the Disciplinary Review Board on January 18, 2024.

Notice - Defaults for Review By the Disciplinary Review Board on January 18, 2024.

NOTICE TO THE BAR
DEFAULTS SCHEDULED FOR REVIEW
BY THE DISCIPLINARY REVIEW BOARD
THURSDAY, JANUARY 18, 2024

The following matters have been certified to the Disciplinary Review Board as defaults, in accordance with R. 1:20 -4(f):


In the Matter of Andrew G. Bitar
Docket No. DRB 23 -219
District Docket Nos. XIV -2023 -0307E and XIV -2023 -0308E
In the Matters of Mary Elizabeth Lenti
Docket No. DRB 23 -227 and 23 -228
District Docket No s. IIIB -2022 -0005E and IIIB -2022 -0019E
In the Matter of Brian J. Smith
Docket No. DRB 23 -231
District Docket No. XIV-2022 -0146E
In the Matters of Nabil Nadim Kassem
Docket Nos. DRB 23 -239 and 23 -240
District Docket Nos. XI-2023 -0004E and XI-2023 -0005E
In the Matter of David Richard Cubby, Jr.
Docket No. DRB 23 -243
District Docket Nos. XIV -2021 -0321E, XIV -2021 -0343E, and
IIA-2023 -0900E

These matters are scheduled to be reviewed by the Board on Thursday, January 18, 2024 . R. 1:20 -4(f) provides that an attorney -respondent’s failure to timely file an answer “shall be deemed an admission that the allegations of the complaint are true and . . . provide sufficient basis for the imposition of discipline.” Although chances for a successful motion are limited, a motion to vacate the default may be filed with the Board by no later than December 18, 2023. MOTIONS RECEIVED AFTER THE DEADLINE WILL NOT BE REVIEWED BY THE BOARD. The motion should specify why the attorney-respondent failed to file a timely answer (including lack of notice) and should set forth any claimed meritorious defenses to the ethics charge. The motion must also be simultaneously served on the Director of the Office of Attorney Ethics and, where appropriate, the district ethics committee responsible for the underlying ethics matter. A certification regarding that service must accompany any documents filed with the Board.


Respondents are hereby advised that, generally, in a default matter, the discipline is enhanced to reflect a respondent ’s failure to cooperate with disciplinary authorities as an aggravating factor. In re Kivler, 193 N.J. 332, 338 (2008).


Respondents may communicate with the Board by contacting the Office of Board Counsel at:
P.O. Box 962, Trenton, NJ 08625, Telephone: 609 -815 -2920 , E-Mail:
DRB.MBX@njcourts.gov.

/s/ Timothy M. Ellis

Dated: November 27, 2023
Timothy M. Ellis
Chief Counsel
Disciplinary Review Board

Document Date: Nov. 27, 2023

Publish Date: Nov. 28, 2023