On Thursday, May 30, 2024, the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Judicial Department suspended attorney Paul Saul Haar from practicing law for 90 days.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Paul Saul Haar,” with case number PM-109-24.

The court’s decision comes after Haar received sanctions from the District of Columbia Court of Appeals in both 1997 and 2023 related to grievances filed by his immigration clients. In 1997, the D.C. court had found that Haar had negligently misappropriated client funds, resulting in a previous 30-day suspension by the New York court last year. The latest action stems from a negotiated disposition in September 2023 where Haar voluntarily admitted facts and violations regarding multiple complaints from clients.

While Haar had sought to have the same 90-day suspension, with 90 days stayed, imposed against him as was ordered in D.C., the New York court ultimately imposed a 90-day active suspension effective immediately, noting aggravating factors like Haar’s prior discipline history and the vulnerability of his immigration clients. However, the court also took into account mitigating circumstances provided by Haar such as medical issues, changes to his law office practices, and his work assisting clients through pro bono and immigration matters over many years.

With the 90-day suspension effective immediately, the earliest Haar can reapply for reinstatement of his New York law license is August 28, 2024. He has been ordered to comply with suspension rules, desisting from all law practice during this time. The court found that this penalty was appropriate given the circumstances of the case from both New York’s interests and in consideration of the sanctions issued in the District of Columbia.

According to Avvo, Mr. Haar is an immigration attorney in Washington, DC. He graduated from the Washington College of Law, The American University in 1981. He obtained his law license in New York in 1990.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.