On Wednesday, August 30, 2023, the Supreme Court of the State of New York Appellate Division: Second Judicial Department handed down a severe penalty, disbarment, to attorney David G. Katzman. The court’s decision was a result of Katzman’s failure to cooperate with a Grievance Committee investigation.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of David G. Katzman,” and was brought by the Grievance Committee with case no. 2023-00597.

The charges cited New York Rules of Professional Conduct 8.4(d) and (h). 

Following a notice of petition and a verified petition dated January 18, 2023, attorney David G. Katzman found himself entangled in a Grievance Committee investigation. The charges brought against him accused him of failing to cooperate with the committee’s inquiry into a complaint of professional misconduct.

Despite being given the opportunity to address the allegations, Katzman neglected to provide a response as directed, neither serving nor filing an answer to the verified petition. As a consequence, the Grievance Committee motioned to establish the charges against Katzman by default due to his lack of response.

Consequently, the Supreme Court swiftly issued a disbarment order, effectively erasing Katzman’s name from the roster of attorneys and counselors-at-law. Furthermore, Katzman was barred from practicing law, assuming any attorney-related roles, offering legal guidance or opinions, and presenting himself as an attorney.

The Disposition states:

“ORDERED that, pursuant to Judiciary Law § 90, effective immediately, the respondent, David G. Katzman, admitted as David Gary Katzman, is disbarred, and his name is stricken from the roll of attorneys and counselors-at-law.”

According to avvo.com, Mr. Katzman is an entertainment attorney in Bayside, New York. He is the founder of the Law Offices of David Katzman, PLLC. He acquired his law license in New York in 2013. 

A copy of the original filing can be found here.