On Thursday, August 17, 2023, the State of New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division Third Judicial Department accepted the resignation of attorney Anita Elise Flax.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Anita Elise Flax,” with case no. PM-173-23.

Anita Elise Flax has been granted permission to resign from the New York Bar for reasons unrelated to disciplinary matters. Flax, who had been admitted to practice by the Court in 1997. Her application for resignation faced opposition from the Attorney Grievance Committee for the Third Judicial Department (AGC) due to an omission within it.

The AGC, responsible for overseeing attorney conduct, had voiced concerns about the omission present in Flax’s application seeking to step down from the New York bar. However, the situation took a positive turn when Flax supplemented her application with a sworn affidavit filed on April 12, 2023, addressing and rectifying the omission. This move demonstrated her commitment to ensuring the transparency and accuracy of her application.

After thorough review and consideration, the court assessed the aforementioned documents, including Flax’s affidavits, and responded to correspondence from the Chief Attorney for AGC dated July 21, 2023. Upon determining that Flax was eligible for resignation on non-disciplinary grounds, the court made the decision to grant her application. This decision effectively accepted her resignation from the New York bar, bringing the matter to a close.

In relation to this, Anita Elise Flax was directed to immediately cease and desist from engaging in the practice of law in any form within the boundaries of the State of New York. This injunction encompassed her role both as a principal and as an agent, clerk, or employee of any other entity. Flax was explicitly barred from appearing as an attorney or counselor-at-law before any public authority, including courts, judges, justices, boards, and commissions. Additionally, she was prohibited from offering legal opinions, advice, or holding herself out as a legal practitioner within the state. In compliance with the order, Anita Elise Flax was required to surrender any Attorney Secure Pass issued to her by the Office of Court Administration within 30 days from the date of the decision.

The Disposition states:

“ORDERED that Anita Elise Flax’s application for permission to resign is granted and her nondisciplinary resignation is accepted, and it is further ORDERED that Anita Elise Flax’s name is hereby stricken from the roll of attorneys and counselors-at-law of the State of New York, effective immediately, and until further order of this Court.”

Ms. Flax was licensed in New York with license no. 2772861.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.