On Thursday, September 14, 2023, the State of New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Judicial Department, granted attorney Philip J. Fries Jr.’s application for permission to resign from the New York bar for non-disciplinary reasons.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Philip J. Fries Jr.,” with case no. PM-215-23.

Fries submitted an affidavit sworn to on June 9, 2023, and filed on June 14, 2023, requesting to resign from the New York bar for non-disciplinary reasons. The Attorney Grievance Committee for the Third Judicial Department did not oppose Fries’s application.

The court reviewed Fries’s affidavit and the correspondence in response by the Chief Attorney for the Attorney Grievance Committee and determined that Fries was eligible to resign for non-disciplinary reasons. Therefore, the court granted his application and accepted his resignation.

As a result, Philip J. Fries Jr.’s name was stricken from the roll of attorneys and counselors-at-law of the State of New York, effective immediately. He was commanded to desist and refrain from the practice of law in any form in the State of New York, either as principal or as agent, clerk, or employee of another. Fries was also forbidden to appear as an attorney or counselor-at-law before any court, judge, justice, board, commission, or other public authority, or to give to another an opinion as to the law or its application, or any advice in relation thereto, or to hold himself out in any way as an attorney and counselor-at-law in this State.

Fries was ordered to surrender to the Office of Court Administration any Attorney Secure Pass issued to him within 30 days of the date of this decision.

According to avvo.com, Mr. Fries Jr. is an intellectual property attorney in San Diego, California. He acquired his law license in New York in 1989. 

A copy of the original filing can be found here.