On Tuesday, October 31, 2023, the Supreme Court of New Jersey issued an order suspending Attorney Daniel M. Dixon from practicing law in the state for one year as a reciprocal discipline.
The case is titled ‘In the Matter of Daniel M. Dixon’ with case no. D-92September Term20220 88407.
The alleged misconduct involves violations of RPC rules 1.1(a), 1.3, 1.4(b), 3.3(a)(1), 3.3(a)(4), 8.4(a), 8.4(c), and 8.4(d) in the State of New Jersey.
The New Jersey Rules of Professional Conduct can be found here.
It can be recalled that while Attorney Dixon worked as a state and local tax attorney at the law firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP in Philadelphia, he represented CSI International, Inc. in appealing a $176,734.81 sales and use tax assessment by the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue, Board of Appeals (BOA). During this representation, Attorney Dixon missed the appeal deadline, failed to notify CSI of decisions, did an untimely appeal, and submitted misleading affidavits – ultimately leading to his dismissal and termination from Morgan Lewis and his eventual suspension.
The New Jersey order states that Attorney Dixon’s misconduct in Pennsylvania constituted violations of New Jersey’s Rules of Professional Conduct related to competency, diligence, communication with clients, honesty, and conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice. Specifically, the order found that Dixon engaged in gross neglect, lacked diligence, failed to keep a client reasonably informed, made false statements to a tribunal, offered false evidence, violated ethics rules knowingly or through others’ actions, and engaged in dishonest conduct.
As a result of this reciprocal discipline, Attorney Dixon will be suspended from practicing law in New Jersey effective December 1, 2023. The order also requires Dixon to comply with Rule 1:20-20 regarding suspended attorneys. Before being reinstated, Dixon must provide proof from an approved doctor that he is fit to practice law again. He is also required to reimburse costs associated with the disciplinary proceeding.
The disposition reads:
“It is ORDERED that Daniel M. Dixon is suspended from the practice of law for a period of one year and until further Order of the Court, effective December 1, 2023.”
According to Avvo, Attorney Daniel M. Dixon is an insurance attorney from Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. He acquired his license to practice in New Jersey in 2006.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.