On Wednesday, August 2, 2023, the Supreme Court of the State of New York Appellate Division: Second Judicial Department disbarred New York City attorney Marc Elefant based on his guilty plea to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, a federal felony.
The case is entitled “In the Matter of Marc Elefant” and was instituted by the Grievance Committee for the Second, Eleventh, and Thirteenth Judicial District, case no. 2022-09196.
On October 24, 2022, Elefant stood before the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and entered a guilty plea to the federal felony charge. The charge stemmed from his participation in a conspiracy to commit wire fraud, in violation of 18 USC § 371. The court found Elefant guilty of engaging in a systematic ongoing course of conduct to defraud insurance companies by improperly settling cases, resulting in a gross amount of $1,486,000.
According to the court document, Elefant’s counsel did not oppose the Grievance Committee’s motion. As a result, the Grievance Committee moved to strike Elefant’s name from the New York roll of attorneys and counselors-at-law.
Consequently, the Court granted the Grievance Committee’s motion and entered an order disbarring Elefant from the practice of law.
Elefant’s name was struck from the roll of attorneys and counselors-at-law of the State of New York and was prohibited from practicing law in any capacity, appearing as an attorney in court, providing legal opinions or advice, or holding himself out as an attorney.
The decision to disbar Levine was supported by a panel of judges, including Hector D. LaSalle, Mark C. Dillon, Colleen D. Duffy, Betsy Barros, and Francesca E. Connolly.
Mr. Elefant practiced in New York City, prior to the disbarment. He earned a law degree from the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, graduating in 1997. Elefant had been licensed to practice in New York, license no. 2857266. His info can be found on LinkedIn.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.