On Tuesday, December 19, 2023, the New Jersey Supreme Court issued a public reprimand to attorney William Frederick Henning for misusing client funds due to improper record-keeping.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of William Frederick Henning,” with case no. 088747.

The charges cited New Jersey Rules of Professional Conduct 1.15(a)(d).

The agreement, approved by the Disciplinary Review Board in October 2023, stemmed from a 2020 random compliance audit of Henning’s records covering financial activities from January 1, 2020, through July 21, 2021. The audit found numerous deficiencies in Henning’s records, including failure to maintain client ledgers, conduct required account reconciliations, and keep proper receipts journals.

As a result of the poor record-keeping, the investigation revealed Henning held unidentified and inactive funds in his trust account for years in violation of rules. He was unable to locate the owners of over $11,000 in dormant client funds. In April and May 2022, Henning remitted those sums to the court’s trust fund.

The audit also found Henning had created shortfalls totaling more than $4,000 in eight client matters due to his record-keeping failures, negligently invading client money between 2005 and 2022. Henning has since repaid all reimbursements and brought his books into compliance.

Given Henning’s clean disciplinary history spanning over 30 years, agreement to resolve the matter, and corrective actions, the Disciplinary Review Board consented to a public reprimand. The Supreme Court accepted the consent agreement and administered the discipline through its December 19th order. Henning was also ordered to pay administrative costs of the ethics proceeding.

The Disposition states:

“It is ORDERED that William Frederick Henning of South Orange is hereby reprimanded,”

According to avvo.com, Mr. Henning is a car accident attorney in South Orange, New Jersey. He attended the Rutgers University Law School. He acquired his law license in New Jersey in 1993.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.