On Wednesday, January 31, 2024, the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department, granted a motion filed by the Grievance Committee for the Tenth Judicial District to strike the name of attorney Matthew J. Klieger from the state’s roll of attorneys.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Matthew J. Klieger,” with case number: 2023-07405.

Klieger pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a forged instrument in the second degree, a class D felony, on December 6, 2022. Pursuant to Judiciary Law § 90(4)(a), Klieger was automatically disbarred upon his felony conviction.

The motion to strike Klieger’s name from the roll of attorneys and counselors-at-law was granted, reflecting his automatic disbarment as of December 6, 2022. Klieger is directed to comply with the rules governing the conduct of disbarred attorneys, and he is commanded to cease practicing law, offering legal opinions, or holding himself out as an attorney.

Furthermore, Klieger must return any secure pass issued by the Office of Court Administration. The Grievance Committee sought this action following Klieger’s conviction, emphasizing the serious consequences of criminal charges against legal practitioners.

The Disposition states:

“ORDERED that the motion of the Grievance Committee for the Tenth Judicial District to strike the name of the respondent, Matthew J. Klieger, admitted as Matthew Jordan Klieger, from the roll of attorneys and counselors-at-law, pursuant to Judiciary Law§90(4)(b), is granted.”

According to Avvo, Mr. Klieger was an estate planning attorney in Melville, New York. He obtained his law license in New York in 2007.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.