On Wednesday, February 7, 2024, the Supreme Court of the State of New York Appellate Division: Second Judicial Department publicly censured attorney Kenneth J. Dahl.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Kenneth J. Dahl,” with case no. 2023-04893.

According to the filing, Dahl failed to complete his registration for three separate biennial periods as required by law. This resulted in him violating professional conduct rules regarding cooperation with lawful investigations, and conduct that adversely reflects on his fitness as a lawyer.

The Grievance Committee for the Tenth Judicial District had filed a petition in May 2023 containing the three misconduct charges against Dahl. He did not file an answer to the petition nor request additional time to do so. As a result, the Committee moved to have the charges deemed established based on his default.

While Dahl did re-register as a retired attorney with the Office of Court Administration in May 2023 to cover the missed registration periods, he did not oppose the Committee’s motion. The court granted the motion, accepting the charges as proven.

In their ruling, the five-judge panel determined that even though Dahl was now registered, a public censure was still warranted due to his initial failure to comply with registration obligations over several biennial periods. The censure will now formally appear on Dahl’s record as disciplinary action for his misconduct.

The Disposition states:

“Given the respondent’s current attorney registration status as well as the redress for the prior missed biennial periods, we conclude that the appropriate sanction is a public censure.”

According to avvo.com, Mr. Dahl is an attorney in Massapequa, New York. He attended the University of Dayton School of Law. He acquired his law license in New York in 1994.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.