On Thursday, October 26, 2023, the New Jersey Disciplinary Review Board issued a letter of admonition to attorney Karim K. Arzadi for violating the Rule of Professional Conduct.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Karim K. Arzadi.”

The charges cited New Jersey Rules of Professional Conduct 1.16(a)(3) and 1.16(d) which states:

Failing to withdraw from the representation despite being discharged by the client.

Failing to protect a client’s interest upon termination of the representation.

The Rules of Professional Conduct can be found here.

The letter details how Arzadi was retained by client Jimmy West in July 2019 to represent him in an automobile accident case. Arzadi filed a complaint on West’s behalf in August 2020. By October 2020, one defendant had agreed to settle, and West received payment from Arzadi’s firm on December 8, 2020.

However, on December 9, 2020, West terminated Arzadi’s representation and requested his file. Arzadi acknowledged the termination the next day. In January 2021, West attempted to negotiate directly with the remaining defendant, Allstate Insurance but was told Arzadi still represented him.

On January 6, 2021, Arzadi’s office sent West a “Substitution of Attorney” form with a stipulation regarding legal fees, but West did not sign or agree to it. Subsequently, West’s case against Allstate was dismissed on March 9, 2021, for failure to prosecute, though Arzadi remained the attorney of record.

The Board found Arzadi violated RPC 1.16(a)(3) by failing to withdraw representation after being discharged by West in December 2020. He also violated RPC 1.16(d) by failing to protect West’s interests upon termination, including remaining as attorney of record as the case was dismissed.

The Board imposed an admonition, noting West was not ultimately harmed due to the dismissal being without prejudice. Arzadi has been ordered to pay costs associated with the disciplinary proceedings. The letter serves as a formal admonition that will be considered in any future discipline matters involving Arzadi.

According to avvo.com, Mr. Arzadi is a personal injury attorney in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. He attended the South Texas College, graduating in 1985. He acquired his law license in New Jersey in 1987.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.