On Tuesday, January 10, 2023, the Supreme Court of New Jersey reprimanded East Hanover attorney Vincent N. Macri over the case of disobedience to the rules of the tribunal.

The case is entitled “In the matter of  Vincent N. Macri” with case no. 086981.

The charges cited violations of the Rules of Professional Conduct 3.4(c), 8.4(d) which states:

Knowingly disobeying an obligation under the rules of a tribunal.

Engaging in conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice.

The Rules of Professional Misconduct can be found here.

On February 17, 2022, in a Decision, it was discussed that the respondent, Macri had a partnership and agreement with McHugh to form their law partnership in 1979. In the said agreement neither of the gentlemen would receive a salary for services rendered to the partnership, but rather, the parties maintained. The agreement also stipulates that “all funds of the partnership shall be deposited in its name in the national community Bank, in suitable accounts or in such other bank or banks as agreed upon by the parties.” Eventually, the partnership broke down sometime In 2018. Allegedly, the respondent Macri started to break the agreement by buying a property and selling it for a $65,000 profit excluding his partner and failing to deposit the proceeds of the firm.

The filing states:

“McHugh asserted that, in 2017, contrary to their prior practice operating8 the Realty Partnership, Macri and another individual bought a property and sold it for a $65,000 profit, excluding McHugh. Macri failed to deposit the proceeds of the sale in the Firm’s ABA.”

Unable to settle the agreement after each and one another’s conduct breaking the rules of the agreement, and after McHugh found out that his partner received approximately $1 million in T&E expenses, which is almost doubled his in the course of 20 years, they arrived in the court that resulted to Judge Brennan’s Order that both the gentlemen shall maintain status quo. However, despite the order, the respondent continued to withdraw and pays himself.

The filing continues:

“Following Judge Brennan’s August 31, 2018 order, Macri continued to disburse weekly draws and monthly distribution payments to himself and McHugh. Macri also continued to pay benefits and T&E expenses for both partners and their spouses. In so doing, Macri continued to pay himself more in T&E expenses and perquisites than he paid McHugh, claiming that he was maintaining the June 3, 2018 “status quo.”

The filing further states:

“Later, on December 27, 2018, McHugh discovered Macri’s December 18, 2018 transfers of $15,200 and S25,000 from the Firm’s ABA to Macri and to Macri’s new law firm. The next day, McHugh sent an e-mail to Macri, demanding that he return the $40,200 to the Firm’s ABA that day. When McHugh and Macri spoke, that day, about the payments each of them had made, Macri advised Mcllugh that he would give MctHugh credit for the $40,200 he had removed from the ABA in connection with the party’s settlement. However, Macri did not agree to return the funds to the Firm’s ABA. Accordingly, McHugh was not willing to finalize the settlement with Macri and did not respond to the closing documents.”

Finding clear evidence of the misconduct, the court asserted that due to the serious nature of the respondent’s misconduct, the strong mitigating factors justify the imposition of admonition to the respondent.

The Disposition states:

“The Disciplinary Review Board has filed with the Court its decision in DRB 21-233/246, concluding that Vincent N. Macri of East Hanover, who was admitted to the bar of this State in 1973, should be admonished for violating RPC 3.4 (c) (knowingly disobeying an obligation under the rules of a tribunal) and 8.4 (d) (engaging in conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice); And good cause appearings It is ORDERED that Vincent N. Macri is hereby admonished; and it is further ORDERED that the entire record of this matter be made a permanent part of respondent’s file as an attorney at law of this State.”

As of today, Mr. Macri is listed on the website of the firm of Macri & Associates, LLC as a Senior Partner. His info can be found on martindale.com. Macri attended Seton Hall University Law School, graduating in 1973. He practices in East Hanover, New Jersey, and is licensed in the same with license #004081973.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.