Attorney Douglas M. Long has been disbarred by order of the New Jersey Supreme Court on October 19, 2023. This action follows Long pleading guilty in federal court to one count of tax evasion and the Disciplinary Review Board’s (DRB) recommendation that he be barred from practicing law.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Douglas M. Long,” with case no. 087707.

Long was convicted in April 2020 for willfully evading federal income taxes between 2012-2015. As the managing partner of his law firm, Long & Marmero LLP, he directed the firm’s bookkeeper to falsely classify hundreds of thousands of dollars of his personal expenses, such as private school tuition, mortgage payments, and vacation home costs, as legitimate business expenses. As a result, Long failed to report over $800,000 in personal income to the IRS during that four-year period, causing a tax loss of $388,362 to the federal government.

Following his conviction, the Supreme Court temporarily suspended him from practicing law in May 2020 pending the outcome of disciplinary proceedings. Long was sentenced in federal court in December 2021 to 14 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for his crime of tax evasion.

In its October 2022 decision, the DRB reviewed Long’s criminal conduct and federal conviction and determined he had violated New Jersey ethics rules by committing a criminal act reflecting adversely on his honesty and engaging in dishonest conduct. The DRB rejected Long’s arguments attempting to receive a lighter sanction like suspension, noting the seriousness and duration of his crimes as well as negatively impacting his bookkeeper. The board recommended disbarment to the Supreme Court.

In its October 19, 2023 order, the Supreme Court adopted the DRB’s recommendation and disbarred Long, removing his license to practice law in New Jersey. The court also permanently enjoined Long from practicing law going forward and ordered his name be stricken from the roll of attorneys. Long must also comply with rules for disbarred attorneys, including notifying clients and adverse parties of his disbarment.

According to avvo.com, Mr. Long practiced as a contracts and agreements attorney in Woodbury, New Jersey prior to his disbarment. He acquired his law license in New Jersey in 1999. 

A copy of the original filing can be found here.