On Thursday, December 14, 2023, the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court denied the reinstatement petition of Attorney Ngozi Akunna Njoku.
The case is titled ‘In the Matter of Ngozi Akunna Njoku,” with case no. PM-276-23.
Attorney Njoku had been suspended from practicing law in New York since January 2014 due to her failure to register with the state as required. In August 2023, she resolved her registration delinquency and submitted an application for reinstatement along with a supporting affidavit, exhibit, and supplemental affidavit.
However, the Attorney Grievance Committee opposed her reinstatement, citing issues with Attorney Njoku’s character and fitness to practice law. Court records show that Attorney Njoku was suspended from practicing in Ontario, Canada in August 2018 and again in September 2023.
Despite Njoku claiming the suspensions were merely administrative, the public records indicate she remained suspended for failing to cooperate with disciplinary investigations in Ontario, which constitutes professional misconduct.
Significantly, the Court’s opinion notes that Njoku’s September 2023 suspension in Ontario occurred while her New York reinstatement petition was still pending. She failed to disclose this information to the Court.
Considering all these factors, the five-judge panel unanimously denied Njoku’s reinstatement petition, finding she did not satisfy her burden of demonstrating the requisite character and fitness to regain her license to practice law in New York. Attorney Njoku will remain suspended in New York.
The disposition reads:
“ORDERED that respondent’s motion for reinstatement is denied.”
According to Lawyer.com, Attorney Ngozi Akunna Njoku is a general practice lawyer. She graduated from the University of Benin and was admitted to the New York Bar in 1996.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.