On Thursday, December 28, 2023, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court’s Third Judicial Department reinstated attorney Shona Mackinnon Crallan to the practice of law in New York, while simultaneously granting her application to resign from the bar for nondisciplinary reasons.

The case is entitled “Attorney Grievance Committee for the Third Judicial Department v. Shona Mackinnon Crallan,” with case no. PM-287-23.

In the court’s latest decision, the court noted that Crallan had complied with the terms of her 2019 suspension order and provided clear and convincing evidence that she met the character and fitness standards required to once again practice law. The court found it was in the public’s best interest to reinstate her law license.

However, on the same day she was reinstated, Crallan also applied for nondisciplinary resignation from the New York Bar. In a separate affidavit, Crallan indicated she no longer intended to practice law in New York. The court accepted her resignation, immediately striking her name from the roll of New York attorneys.

Crallan is now forbidden to practice law or hold herself out as an attorney in New York state. She must also surrender her Attorney Secure Pass to the New York Office of Court Administration within 30 days. The court’s dual ruling grants Crallan reinstatement but then accepts her immediate resignation, closing the door on her licensed law practice in New York after being suspended in 2019.

The Disposition states:

“ORDERED that respondent’s motion for reinstatement is granted; and it is further ORDERED that respondent is reinstated as an attorney and counselor-at-law, effective immediately.

ORDERED that respondent’s application for leave to resign is simultaneously granted and her nondisciplinary resignation is accepted.”

According to the court filing, Ms. Crallan is currently based in London, United Kingdom.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.