On Friday, March 8, 2024, the Supreme Court of New Jersey issued an Order publicly admonishing David R. Isola, an attorney admitted to practice in New Jersey since 2013, for violations of New Jersey’s Rules of Professional Conduct.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of David R. Isola,” with case no. 088813.

The charges cited New Jersey Rules of Professional Conduct 1.2(a), 1.4(b), and 1.4(c).

The Order stemmed from disciplinary action originally taken against Isola by the Supreme Court of California in 2022. According to records from the New Jersey Disciplinary Review Board, Isola had maintained a law practice with offices in both New Jersey and California. In 2021, the State Bar Court of California found Isola guilty of unethical conduct related to his representation of a client in an environmental contamination lawsuit spanning six years.

Specifically, the California court determined Isola failed to adequately communicate with his clients by not informing them of significant case developments or written settlement offers from the opposing party over the lengthy course of the legal matter. This conduct violated California’s equivalent rules to the New Jersey RPC regarding an attorney’s duties to abide by a client’s decisions, keep a client reasonably informed, and explain matters to allow for informed decisions.

As a result of these violations, the Supreme Court of California in 2022 imposed a one-year stayed suspension on Isola’s law license along with 30 days of actual suspension and one year of probation. Isola properly notified New Jersey authorities of this disciplinary action, triggering reciprocal action under New Jersey Court Rule 1:20-14.

The New Jersey Disciplinary Review Board then reviewed Isola’s case and determined his conduct merited substantially different discipline. While Isola’s six-year failure to communicate with his clients was more extensive than typical RPC 1.4 violations, the Board noted he achieved a positive result for his clients and had no prior disciplinary history. Weighing these mitigating factors, the Board recommended an admonition over a reprimand or suspension.

Ultimately, the Supreme Court of New Jersey adopted the Board’s recommendation and issued an order publicly admonishing Isola. He was also required to reimburse costs associated with the disciplinary prosecution. With this action, Isola’s unethical conduct matter has been formally resolved in New Jersey.

The Disposition states:

“It is ORDERED that David R. Isola is hereby admonished, and it is further ORDERED that the entire record of this matter be made a permanent part of the respondent’s file as an attorney at law of this State.”

A copy of the original filing can be found here.