On Friday, March 8, 2024, the Supreme Court of New Jersey dismissed an ethics complaint against attorney Christopher M. Supsie.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Christopher M. Supsie” with case number 088702.

The ethics complaint had been brought before the Disciplinary Review Board by the District IIIA Ethics Committee, accusing Supsie of violating New Jersey Rules of Professional Conduct related to conflicts of interest. Specifically, Supsie was alleged to have violated RPC 1.7(a)(1) and (a)(2) through his legal work representing the Lacey Township Board of Education from 2015 to 2020.

The allegations stemmed from Supsie’s preparation of a memorandum in November 2019 at the request of the Lacey Township Board of Education president. The memorandum detailed potential misconduct by fellow board member Regina Discenza during a 2019 school board election season. Supsie drafted the memo without Discenza’s knowledge. As a result of the memo’s conclusions, board president Shawn Giordano and others filed an ethics complaint against Discenza with the School Ethics Commission.

In its decision, the Disciplinary Review Board had found that Supsie violated his duty of loyalty to the entire board by assisting some members in investigating Discenza, who remained unaware of the memo until later. The board also determined Supsie had a conflict of interest in representing the board on union matters while his wife worked as a teacher in the district’s union. However, the board recommended only an admonition, citing Supsie’s otherwise clean record.

The Supreme Court dismissed the case entirely, overturning the Disciplinary Review Board’s decision. The order did not provide further explanation for the dismissal. The ethics complaint against Supsie will not proceed any further, bringing the nearly two-year-long case to a close.

The Disposition states:

“It is ORDERED that the formal ethics complaint against Christopher M. Supsie in District Docket No. IIIA-2020-0010E is hereby dismissed”

According to Avvo, Mr. Supsie is a litigation attorney in Forked River, New Jersey. He graduated from Villanova University in 1994. He obtained his law license in New Jersey in the same year.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.