On Thursday, March 16, 2023, the Supreme Court of New York ordered the suspension of attorney Danielle R. Lange from the practice of law for two years.

The case, titled “In the Matter of Danielle R. Lange,” was brought by the Attorney Grievance Committee for the Third Judicial Department with case No. #PM53-23.

The case stemmed on August 2018 when the respondent was arrested following a traffic stop and found that she was in possession of a quantity of controlled substances. The respondent pleaded guilty to misdemeanor drug possession to resolve the case and received probation, community service, and drug treatment. On March 22, 2022, the respondent was served a petition of charges which stated that the respondent’s arrest and subsequent conviction constituted illegal conduct and conduct that adversely reflects on her fitness as a lawyer. But the respondent still failed to join the issue despite being allowed to confer with an attorney and prepare an answer. And On December 2, 2022, it was determined by the Third Department that the respondent had committed misconduct.

The filing states:

“Accordingly, upon our review of all of the circumstances, and in order to protect the public, maintain the honor and integrity of the profession and deter others from committing similar misconduct, we find that respondent should be suspended from the practice of law for a period of two years, effective immediately”

The Court held that the respondent is suspended from the practice of law for two years, effective immediately.

The disposition states:

“ORDERED that, for the period of suspension, respondent is 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; and respondent is hereby 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 herself out in any way as an attorney and counselor-at-law in this State; and it is further”

It further stated that:

“ORDERED that respondent shall comply with the provisions of the Rules forAttorney Disciplinary Matters regulating the conduct of suspended attorneys and shall duly certify to the same in her affidavit of compliance”

Lange maintained an office for the practice of law in the City of Cohoes, Albany County, and was admitted to practice in 2006. Her information can be found here.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.