On Thursday, October 26, 2023, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York’s Third Judicial Department accepted the resignation for non-disciplinary reasons of Attorney Michael Raymond Thorp.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Michael Raymond Thorp,” with case no. PM-247-23.

Thorp, who has been admitted to the New York bar since 2005 applied for resignation on September 11, 2023. In his affidavit, Thorp stated that he sought to resign for nondisciplinary reasons in accordance with Section 1240.22(a) of the Rules for Attorney Disciplinary Matters. The Attorney Grievance Committee for the Third Judicial Department, which is responsible for attorney discipline in the appellate department, advised the court that it did not oppose the application.

In its October 26 decision, the appellate court accepted Thorp’s resignation after determining he was eligible to resign for nondisciplinary causes. The court ordered Thorp’s name be removed from the roll of licensed attorneys in New York and forbade him from practicing law in the state, among other directives. Thorp must also surrender any Attorney Secure Passes issued to him within 30 days.

The Disposition states:

“ORDERED that Michael Raymond Thorp’s application for permission to resign is granted and his nondisciplinary resignation is accepted.”

According to avvo.com, Mr. Thorp is an environmental and natural resources attorney in Seattle, Washington. He attended the Gonzaga University School of Law, graduating in 1974. He acquired his law license in New York in 2005. 

A copy of the original filing can be found here.