On Friday, December 8, 2023, the Supreme Court of New Jersey issued an order reprimanding attorney Alan N. Walkow for a misleading advertisement and failure to cooperate with disciplinary authorities.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Alan N. Walkow,” with case no. 088551.

The charges cited New Jersey Rules of Professional Conduct 7.1(a), 7.1(a)(3) and 8.1(b). 

The reprimand stems from a Decision made by the Disciplinary Review Board, which was filed with the Supreme Court on August 15, 2023. In its Decision, the Review Board concluded that Walkow had committed unethical conduct based on a November 30, 2022, formal ethics complaint filed by the Office of Attorney Ethics.

Specifically, the Review Board found that Walkow violated RPC by using his law firm’s website to reference “attorneys” even though he was a solo practitioner. The Board also determined he violated the RPC by improperly comparing his legal services to others by claiming to offer the “lowest fees in the state.”

Additionally, Walkow was charged with two counts of failing to cooperate with disciplinary authorities. According to the Decision, the Committee on Attorney Advertising had referred Walkow to the Office of Attorney Ethics in August 2021 due to his non-response to directives about misleading content on his law firm’s website. Walkow then proceeded to ignore multiple letters and requests for interviews from the OAE between September 2021 and July 2022 regarding the referral.

Based on the Decision’s findings that Walkow committed the above rule violations, the Supreme Court issued its December 5, 2023 order officially reprimanding Walkow. The order also mandates that the reprimand be made a permanent part of his attorney record in New Jersey and requires Walkow to reimburse the Disciplinary Oversight Committee for administrative costs associated with the case.

According to avvo.com, Mr. Walkow is a residential real estate attorney in Oakhurst, New Jersey. He attended the Columbia University, graduating in 1997. He acquired his license in New Jersey in 2012.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.