On Thursday, December 7, 2023, the State of New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division Third Judicial Department passed a decision on the Motion for Reinstatement filed by Attorney Karen Papadopoulos.
The case is entitled ‘In the Matter of Karen Papadopoulos,’ with case no. PM-272-23.
Attorney Papadopoulos was suspended by order of the Appellate Division, Third Judicial Department of the Supreme Court in January 2014 for failure to comply with attorney registration requirements. Under Section 468-a of the New York Judiciary Law, all attorneys admitted to practice in New York must register biennially and pay a registration fee—failure to do so results in suspension.
Attorney Papadopoulos filed a motion on October 6, 2023, seeking reinstatement to practice law again in New York. She provided affidavits and documentation showing she had satisfied the requirements for reinstatement under the applicable rules of the Third Department and New York’s attorney disciplinary rules.
The Attorney Grievance Committee for the Third Judicial Department, which reviews reinstatement applications, did not oppose Attorney Papadopoulos’ request. In a November 13, 2023, response, the committee found she had met the standard for character and fitness required under the rules.
In a brief written decision, the Appellate Division granted Attorney Papadopoulos’ reinstatement motion, effective immediately. Citing clear and convincing evidence, the court determined she had complied with the terms of her 2014 suspension order and demonstrated the proper qualifications to resume legal work in New York after over 10 years of suspension.
With reinstatement granted, Attorney Papadopoulos can once again represent clients and practice law in New York.
The order reads:
“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.”
According to Lawyer.com, Attorney Karen Papadopoulos is a general practice lawyer in Toronto, Canada. She attended the Osgoode Hall Law School York University and was admitted to the New York Bar in 2005.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.