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NO. BD-2007-092


S.J.C. Judgment of Disbarment entered by Justice Ireland on January 25, 2008.1


On September 14, 2007, the respondent, Avery Pilgrim, was disbarred by the New Jersey Supreme Court for knowingly misappropriating escrow funds in the amount of $9,000 he had received in connection with his representation of a client in a real estate matter and for failing to comply with New Jersey’s record-keeping requirements for trust accounts. The respondent acknowledged to the New Jersey Office of Attorney Ethics that he “might have cashed the check” and “used the money to do certain things” in connection with his “mess[ing] around with drugs” such as “cocaine, pot, crack and stuff like that.”

The respondent did not appear in the New Jersey bar discipline proceedings despite proper service. He did not report his disbarment to bar counsel in Massachusetts, in violation of S. J. C. Rule 4:01, § 16(6).

On October 16, 2007, bar counsel filed a petition for reciprocal discipline in the Supreme Judicial Court for Suffolk County. The county court issued an order of notice giving the respondent thirty days to show cause why he should not be subject to reciprocal discipline. Despite proper notice, the respondent did not file a response to bar counsel’s petition.

On January 22, 2008, after due notice to the parties, the county court held a hearing on bar counsel’s petition for reciprocal discipline. The respondent did not appear at the hearing. On January 25, 2008, the county court (Ireland, J.) entered a judgment of disbarment effective on the date of entry.


1 The complete Order of the Court is available by contacting the Clerk of the Supreme Judicial Court for Suffolk County.

2 Compiled by the Board of Bar Overseers based on the record before the Supreme Judicial Court.

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