On Wednesday, June 21, 2023, the New Hampshire Supreme Court suspended attorney Danilo J. Gomez following his earlier suspension in Massachusetts for offering inducement to a witness.
The case is entitled “In the Matter of Danilo J. Gomez,” with case no. LD-2023-0001.
The charges cited violations of the Massachusetts Rules of Professional Conduct Rules 1.1, 1.2(a), 1.7(a)(2), and 3.4(b) which state:
Requiring a lawyer to provide competent representation.
Requiring a lawyer to seek the lawful objectives of the client through reasonably available means permitted by law.
Prohibiting a lawyer from representing a client if the representation involves a concurrent conflict of interest.
Prohibiting a lawyer from, among other things, offering an inducement to a witness that is prohibited by law.
On January 12, 2023, the Attorney Discipline Office (ADO) submitted an official copy of the order dated September 1, 2022, issued by the Supreme Judicial Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The order entailed a 30-day suspension of Attorney Danilo J. Gomez’s law practice in Massachusetts. This suspension stemmed from the determination that Gomez had provided an unlawful incentive to a witness during a criminal case, thereby jeopardizing his client’s position and resulting in unfavorable repercussions.
The Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers (BBO) recommended a six-month and one-day suspension, however, the Supreme Judicial Court disagreed with these recommendations. The court allowed Gomez and the ADO to submit their positions on whether identical or substantially similar discipline would be appropriate, and both parties agreed to a 30-day suspension, retroactively counting Gomez’s suspension in Massachusetts and his “self-suspension” in New Hampshire from October 1, 2022, to October 30, 2022.
The New Hampshire Professional Conduct Committee (PCC) was asked to give its recommendation on the discipline to be applied. The PCC suggested a suspension of 90 days on May 18, 2023.
The New Hampshire Supreme Court agreed with the PCC’s recommendation and suspended Attorney Danilo J. Gomez in the state after reviewing the PCC’s proposal and the records that came with it.
The Disposition states:
“After reviewing the PC’s recommendation and record, the court accepts the PC’s recommendation and orders that Attorney Danilo J. Gomez is suspended from the practice of law in New Hampshire for a period of 90 days, with Attorney Gomez receiving credit for 30 of the 90 days based upon his reciprocal self-suspension in New Hampshire from October 1, 2022, to October 30, 2022.”
Attorney Gomez attended the Suffolk Law School, graduating in 2015. Gomez has been licensed in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. His bio can be found on Linkedin.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.