On Wednesday, February 21, 2024, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court for Suffolk County issued a judgment order disbarring attorney Serge Y. Binder based on his 2010 disbarment in New York for misconduct stemming from his felony conviction for income tax evasion.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Serge Y. Binder,” with case no. BD-2024-002.

According to court documents, Binder was a member of both the Massachusetts and New York state bars. In 2010, he was convicted in New York of felony income tax evasion and subsequently disbarred by the state Supreme Court Appellate Division for this misconduct. However, Binder did not notify Massachusetts bar authorities of this disciplinary action until late 2023.

As a result, the Office of Bar Counsel petitioned for reciprocal discipline on January 5th based on the New York disbarment. Binder indicated he would not contest being reciprocally disciplined in Massachusetts. On February 21st, Justice Kafker agreed and entered a judgment disbarring Binder effective immediately for his past misconduct.

The court order outlined requirements for Binder to withdraw from client and fiduciary representations, notify affected parties of his disbarment, return documents and refund unearned fees. He must also close associated bank and trust accounts. Compliance verification was to involve submitting records to Bar Counsel within 21 days.

The judgment disbarment sanctions Binder’s law license in Massachusetts due to his prior felony conviction and reciprocal discipline already imposed in New York for the same misconduct over 10 years ago. Binder is now prohibited from practicing law until and unless reinstated by the state Supreme Court in the future.

According to avvo.com, Mr. Serge Y. Binder was an attorney in Brooklyn, New York. He acquired his license to practice in Massachusetts in 1996.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.