On Friday, March 3, 2023, the State of Michigan Attorney Discipline Board suspended attorney Andrew J. Paluda after a felony conviction.

The case is entitled “In the matter of Andrew J. Paluda” with case no. 22-68-AL; 22-89-JC.

On June 10, 2022. in a Notice of Automatic Interim Suspension, it was stated that the respondent pleaded no contest to Operating While Intoxicated, which constitutes a felony offense. Moreover, the respondent was also found in possession of a narcotic greater than 25 grams. The respondent then filed a plea which was accepted by the court. In relation to the crime, the respondent’s license to practice in Michigan was automatically suspended. The court assigned the matter to a hearing panel for further proceedings. The respondent then was placed on an interim suspension while awaiting an entry of judgment.

Consistent with these circumstances, the respondent and Grievance Administrator filed a stipulation for a consent order of 179-day suspension with conditions. This was approved by the hearing panel and the Grievance Commission. In the said stipulation, it contains the fact that the respondent was convicted of the felony offense of Operating While Intoxicated.

Based on the parties’ stipulation and the admission of the respondent, the panel concluded that Mr. Paluda had indeed violated a criminal law of the United States and an ordinance or tribal law constituting professional misconduct. Thus, a suspension order was imposed against the respondent.

The Disposition states:

“In accordance with the stipulation of the parties, the hearing panel ordered that the respondent’s license to practice law in Michigan be suspended for 179 days, effective June 10, 2022, as agreed to by the parties. The panel also ordered that the respondent be subject to conditions relevant to the established misconduct. Total costs were assessed in the amount of $827.68.”

Mr. Paluda practices in Troy, Michigan. He is licensed in Michigan. His info can be found on lawyers.justia.com.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.