On Thursday, February 8, 2024, the Supreme Court of New Jersey issued a corrected order suspending attorney Robert James Stack from the practice of law for one year.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Robert James Stack,” with case no. 088623.

The charges cited New Jersey Rules of Professional Conduct 1.3, 1.4(b), 1.6(a), 1.16(d), 8.1(b). and 8.4(c).

According to a corrected decision from the Disciplinary Review Board, Stack has been suspended since November 19, 2020. He was most recently suspended for two years by order of the Court on September 12, 2023, for misconduct in several client matters.

The additional one-year suspension stems from Stack’s representation of clients Frank and Marjorie Jonas regarding their attempt to recover a security deposit from former landlords. Stack was charged with violating New Jersey Rules of Professional Conduct related to diligence, communication with clients, confidentiality, responsibility upon termination of representation, and cooperation with disciplinary authorities.

According to the record, Stack failed to appear for an initial trial date in Jonas’ case in February 2017. He later participated in a court-ordered mediation by phone but failed to directly communicate with his clients. A settlement was reached but not upheld, leading Stack to obtain a default judgment against the landlords. However, he made no meaningful effort to collect on the judgment.

Stack also failed to keep Jonas informed about significant developments in their ongoing legal matter. This included a pending foreclosure case where Jonas held a subordinate lien on the property in question. Stack ignored opportunities to negotiate a resolution and the property was sold without any payment toward Jonas’ judgment. He then ceased all communication with his clients.

Additionally, records show that without permission, Stack provided the opposing party’s attorney privileged text messages he had received from Frank Jonas. He also disclosed confidential information to the opposing party directly.

Following Jonas’ ethics grievance, Stack failed to cooperate with the disciplinary investigation, leading to a default on the professional misconduct charges. Due to past discipline and aggravated factors, the Court ordered the additional one-year suspension to be served consecutively to Stack’s existing suspension.

The Disposition states:

“It is ORDERED that Robert James Stack is suspended from the practice of law for a period of one year and until further order of the Court, effective October 6, 2025,”

According to avvo.com, Mr. Stack is a bankruptcy & debt attorney in Kinnelon, New Jersey. He attended the Roger Williams University School of Law, graduating in 1996. He acquired his law license in New Jersey in the same year.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.