On Tuesday, June 1, 2023, the State of New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division Third Judicial Department granted the motion for reinstatement of attorney Steven Wayne Griegel.

The case is entitled “Attorney Grievance Committee for the Third Judicial Department v. Steven Wayne Griegel” with case no. PM-114-23.

On Thursday, June 1, 2023, a momentous decision was reached by the State of New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division Third Judicial Department as it granted the motion filed by the petitioner, seeking reinstatement to the practice of law. This recent legal development stems from the petitioner’s previous suspension, pursuant to the court’s order in September 2022, as delineated in Matter of Attorneys in Violation of Judiciary Law § 468-a, 208 AD3d 1421, 1430 [3d Dept 2022]. In reaching this decision, the court thoroughly considered the relevant disciplinary matters, including the Rules for Attorney Disciplinary Matters and the Rules of App Div, 3d Dept.

After a meticulous review of the respondent’s notice of motion, sworn affidavit with exhibits dated February 2, 2023, and the correspondence from the Attorney Grievance Committee for the Third Judicial Department received on March 2, 2023, the court, relying on clear and convincing evidence, made significant determinations. Firstly, it found that the respondent dutifully complied with the order of suspension and faithfully adhered to the court’s rules. Secondly, the respondent successfully demonstrated the essential character and fitness required to practice law. Lastly, the court concluded that reinstating the respondent to the legal profession would serve the best interests of the public, drawing upon pertinent legal precedents such as Matter of Trelease, 214 AD3d 1297, 1297 [3d Dept 2023].

Consequently, the court issued an official order granting the respondent’s motion for reinstatement, effectively paving the way for the respondent’s return to the practice of law. This decision serves as a testament to the court’s comprehensive evaluation of the respondent’s compliance, character, and the overarching public interest in upholding justice.

The Disposition states:

“ORDERED that respondent’s motion for reinstatement is granted; and it is further ORDERED that respondent is reinstated as an attorney and counselor-at-law, effective immediately.”

Mr. Griegel practices in Trenton, New Jersey. He is licensed in New Jersey and New York with license no. 4475927. His info can be found on lawyersjustia.com.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.