On Tuesday, August 29, 2023, the Tri-County Hearing Panel of the Michigan Attorney Discipline Board announced that Attorney Alexander Melnikov, a lawyer from Hallandale, Florida, has been suspended from law practice in the state of Michigan for 180 days, effective August 19, 2023.

The case is titled ‘In the Matter of Alexander Melnikov,’ with Case No. 23-47-GA.

According to the notice of suspension, Melnikov violated the following Rules of Professional Conduct:

  1. MRPC 8.4(b) – Engaged in conduct that violates a criminal law of a state or of the United States, an ordinance, or tribal law. Specifically, respondent was convicted of misdemeanor assault, harassing a witness, and misdemeanor battery in State of Florida v Alexander A. Melnikov.
  2. MRPC 8.4(c) – Engaged in conduct that is prejudicial to the administration of justice.
  3. MCR 9.104(1) – Engaged in conduct that is prejudicial to the administration of justice.
  4. MCR 9.104(2) – Engaged in conduct that exposes the legal profession to obloquy, contempt, censure, or reproach.
  5. MCR 9.104(3) – Engaged in conduct contrary to justice, ethics, honesty, or good morals.

The Michigan Rules of Professional Conduct can be found here.

The suspension was imposed based on a Stipulation for Consent Order of Discipline filed by Melnikov and the Grievance Administrator, which was approved by the Attorney Grievance Commission and accepted by the hearing panel.

Attorney Melnikov admitted to all the allegations in the formal complaint, which included his conviction, through a no-contest plea, of misdemeanor assault, harassing a witness, and misdemeanor battery in a case titled State of Florida v Alexander A. Melnikov. He was sentenced to 24 months of probation then, with the guilt being withheld.

Based on Attorney Melkinov’s admission and the parties’ stipulation, the panel found that Melnikov committed professional misconduct by engaging in conduct that violated criminal law.

The disposition states:

“In accordance with the stipulation of the parties, the hearing panel ordered that respondent’s license to practice law in Michigan be suspended for 180 days. Total costs were assessed in the amount of $768.96.”

Attorney Alexander Melnikov obtained his law license in the state of Michigan in 2010. More of Attorney Melnikov’s bio can be found here.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.