On Wednesday, December 13, 2023, the New York Appellate Division of the Supreme Court in the Second Judicial Department disbarred attorney Debra A. Hoskins for multiple acts of professional misconduct.
The case is entitled “In the Matter of Debra A. Hoskins,” with case no. 2023-03147.
The disbarment stems from four charges of professional misconduct brought against Hoskins by the Grievance Committee for the Second, Eleventh, and Thirteenth Judicial Districts.
On March 31, 2023, the Committee personally served Hoskins with a verified petition containing the misconduct charges. The charges alleged that Hoskins misappropriated client funds entrusted to her as a fiduciary, filed a false affirmation with the court, failed to cooperate with two Committee investigations into allegations of misconduct, and did not properly identify her attorney escrow account.
Hoskins did not file an answer to the verified petition within the required 20 days. She also failed to request an extension of time to file her answer. As a result, on December 13, 2023, the Appellate Division granted the Committee’s motion to deem the charges established based on Hoskins’ default.
The court then immediately disbarred Hoskins and had her name stricken from the roll of attorneys. Hoskins is prohibited from practicing law or holding herself out as an attorney in any way. She must also comply with court rules governing disbarred attorneys.
The Disposition states:
“ORDERED that pursuant to Judiciary Law 90, effective immediately, the respondent, Debra A. Hoskins, admitted as Debra Anita Hoskins, is disbarred, and her name is stricken from the roll of attorneys and counselors-at-law.”
According to avvo.com, Ms. Hoskins was a litigation attorney in Queens Village, New York. She acquired her license in New York in 1980.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.