NEW JERSEY LAWYERS' FUND
                                   CLIENT PROTECTION
TRUSTEES                                                                             ACTING DIRECTOR
JEAN M. RAMATOWSKI, CHAIR                                                              DANIEL R. HENDI
LISA J. RODRIGUEZ                                                                     SENIOR COUNSEL
MICHAEL L. RODBURG                                                                    EDWARD T. EHLER

ASSISTANT TREASURER                                                                   DEPUTY COUNSEL
SHELLEY R. WEBSTER                                                                    RUBY D. COCHRAN

STREET ADDRESS:                                                                           (609) 984-7179
25 WEST MARKET STREET                RICHARD J. HUGHES JUSTICE COMPLEX           CLAIMS: (609) 292-8008
5TH FLOOR, NORTH WING                           P.O. BOX 961                    BILLING: (609) 292-8079
TRENTON, N.J. 08625                       TRENTON, N.J. 08625-0961                  FAX: (609) 394-3637

                                                                   FOR RELEASE: JUNE 9, 2011

                                                                   CONTACT:   DANIEL R. HENDI
                                                                              (609) 984-7179 or
                                                                              WINNIE COMFORT
                                                                              (609) 292-9580

               Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection Releases First Quarter Report

         During the first quarter of 2011, the New Jersey Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection,

funded by the state’s lawyers and judges, paid $568,789.34 to clients for losses caused by nine

lawyers, the board of trustees announced today.

         The purpose of the fund is to pay on behalf of the honest majority of lawyers for the

wrongdoing of the few who are suspended or disbarred for misappropriation. In its 42-year

history, the fund has paid claims against a total of 653 attorneys. There currently are 88,440

lawyers licensed in New Jersey.

         The fund operates under the authority of the Supreme Court pursuant to Court Rule 1:28.

The Court appoints the seven trustees, five attorneys and two public members, who serve

staggered 5-year terms without compensation. The trustees consider clients’ claims and make

awards when it is determined that the loss was caused by dishonest lawyer conduct, under fund

rules. Cases involving legal malpractice and negligence are handled through civil court actions
and fee disputes through the district fee arbitration committees established by the Supreme


         For a claim to be compensable, the attorney against whom it is filed must have been a

member of the bar, acting as either attorney or fiduciary, at the time of the incident; and unless

deceased, must have been disbarred or suspended from the bar, or convicted of embezzlement or

other misappropriation of property.

         An individual client can receive up to $400,000 for claims arising after Jan. 1, 2007,

lesser amounts for claims arising prior to that date, and the fund can provide up to $1.5 million in

claims against any one lawyer. Special permission can be granted by the Supreme Court to

exceed the aggregate limit.

         To receive a claim form, write to the New Jersey Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection,

Richard J. Hughes Justice Complex, P.O. Box 961, Trenton, NJ 08625-0961, or call 609-292-

8008. The form must be completed, notarized and returned with copies of any proofs of the

transaction. There is no filing fee. Claimants assisted in their claims by practicing attorneys

receive their representation free of charge. Fund Acting Director Daniel R. Hendi welcomes

inquiries regarding the fund’s purpose and operation.

         Attached is a list of the first quarter claim awards and status of each attorney under the

Supreme Court discipline system.

                                                                         FIRST QUARTER OF 2011

                                                     Amount Paid         Claims Paid
                                      Town of Last    This Quarter       This Quarter       Disciplinary Status
      Name of Attorney                Law Practice (Cumulative Total) (Cumulative Total         of Attorney                     Basis of Claim

Paul W. Bergrin*                       Morganville     51,413.21              11               Susp. 6/16/09        Dishonest Retention of Unearned
                                                      (172,413.21)           (33)                                   Retainer (all 33 claims)

Mark E. Gold *                          Tenafly        239,000.00             2             Susp 6 mos. 5/16/97     Misapprop of Real Estate Monies
                                                      (536,696.84)           (7)             Restored 6/16/98       Misapprop of Deposit Monies/
                                                                                            Suspended 4/22/09       Real Estate Transaction
                                                                                             Disbarred 3/10/10      Misapprop of Escrow Monies
                                                                                                                    Real Estate Transaction

Dawn L. Jackson*                  West Patterson        4,750.00              1                Susp.3/10/09         Dishonest Retention of Unearned
                                                        (37,500)             (17)             Disbarred 2/3/10      Retainer

Russel T. Kivler*                        Delran        30,000.00              1             Reprimand 5/3/05      Misapprop. Of Escrow Monies/
                                                        (49,350)             (10)            Susp. 10/13/06       Real Estate Transaction (all 10 clms)
                                                                                            Restored 11/02/06
                                                                                            Reprimand 12/6/06
                                                                                          Susp. 2/5/07 (3 months)
                                                                                             Disbarred 1/7/09

Thomas J. Moran, Jr.*                   Paramus         7,000.00              1                Susp.8/11/09         Dishonest Retention of Unearned
                                                        (20,500)             (3)                                    Retainer (all 3 claims)

Anthony L. Russo *                       Wayne           6,300.00             1               Deceased 2/3/10       Misappropr. Of Deposit Monies/
                                                        (211,499)            (5)                                    Real Estate Transaction (all 5 claims)

Matthew M. Turlik*                      Elizabeth      27,676.13              5                 Susp. 9/22/10      Misapprop. Of Escrow Monies/
                                                      (213,676.13)           (6)          Disb. by Consent 5/12/11 Real Estate Transaction (all 6 claims)

James S. Weiss                          Pittman        200,000.00             1                 Susp. 8/11/09      Misapprop. Of Trust Monies/
(First claim paid against attorney)                     (200,000)                         Disb. by Consent 4/29/10 Bankruptcy
                                                               FIRST QUARTER OF 2011

                                        Amount Paid         Claims Paid
                         Town of Last    This Quarter       This Quarter          Disciplinary Status
      Name of Attorney   Law Practice (Cumulative Total) (Cumulative Total            of Attorney                   Basis of Claim
Avis Cole-Williams*      Mays Landing      2,650.00               3                  Susp.6/10/05      Dishonest Retention of Unearned
                                           (22,550)              (8)               Restored 7/12/05    Retainer (all 8 claims)
                                                                                     Susp. 2/23/06
                                                                                 Susp. Vacated 2/23/06
                                                                                Reprimand Susp.1/27/09

                           TOTAL         $568,789.34                26

                                          *Previous claims have been paid against this attorney
                                       Cumulative totals in parentheisis in third and fourth columns
                                        reflect total amount paid and total number of claims paid,
                                        respectively, against the attorney over the Fund's history

                                        **Some money paid to supplement award previously paid

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