On Wednesday, September 13, 2023, the Supreme Court of New Jersey reprimanded attorney John Anthony Feloney, IV, for violating several rules of professional conduct. The Disciplinary Review Board concluded that Feloney failed to diligently represent a client, kept a client uninformed, practiced law without proper authorization, and failed to cooperate with disciplinary authorities.
The case is entitled “In the Matter of John Anthony Feloney, IV”, with case no. 088025.
Feloney faced charges stemming from his handling of a client matter involving a dispute with a moving company. Despite receiving fees for his services, Feloney failed to take necessary legal action on behalf of his client, leaving the matter unresolved. Furthermore, the Board determined that Feloney practiced law in New Jersey while administratively ineligible due to failure to meet certain requirements. This violation added to the seriousness of the disciplinary action.
The decision to reprimand Feloney took into account mitigating factors, including his unblemished disciplinary history and the personal challenges he faced during the period in question, notably his father’s illness and subsequent passing.
The Decision states:
“Moreover, the respondent stated that his father was hospitalized for much of August 2021 and that he was “mostly, if not entirely, thinking about him almost every minute of the day when I was not otherwise sitting with him in the hospital.”
According to the court, the reprimand emphasizes the importance of upholding professional standards within the legal community. Feloney has since refunded the fees paid by the client, and the Supreme Court has ordered him to reimburse the Disciplinary Oversight Committee for administrative costs and expenses incurred during the prosecution of the case.
According to avvo.com, Mr. Feloney is an attorney in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He acquired his license in New Jersey in 2016.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.