On Thursday, March 14, 2024, the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court, Third Judicial Department suspended attorney Delores Felice Seligman from practicing law.

The Court ordered Seligman’s interim suspension during an ongoing investigation by the Attorney Grievance Committee for the Third Judicial Department. The investigation was initiated after multiple reports of dishonored checks related to Seligman’s management of her attorney escrow account and obligations as a fiduciary.

According to the filing, Seligman failed to comply with the Attorney Grievance Committee’s lawful demands for information and did not respond to at least six notices requiring a response or appearance. The Committee stated it had no knowledge of whether Seligman’s escrow account, which was primarily used for paying the healthcare needs of one client, remained open or if she was still using it.

Citing Seligman’s failure to cooperate and a demonstrated pattern of ignoring requests, the Court found her actions constituted an immediate threat to the public if the escrow account status was unknown. As a result, Seligman was suspended from practicing law during the investigation.

Additionally, the Mid-Hudson Women’s Bar Association was appointed as the limited custodian of Seligman’s client files. They are tasked with taking possession of the files, examining them, and taking appropriate action to protect clients’ interests, such as releasing files to clients and new counsel upon request.

Seligman, who is based in Kingston, New York, has 20 days to request a post suspension hearing. Failure to respond or cooperate further within six months could result in her disbarment without additional notice. The Court will review a status report from the appointed custodian within 90 days.

According to Avvo, Ms. Seligman is an attorney in Kingston, New York. She attended the New York Law School. She obtained her law license in New York in 1972.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.