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Commonwealth of Massachusetts

NO. BD-2008-045

IN RE: CHRISTOPHER G. LAZAROU

S.J.C. Judgment of Disbarment entered by Justice Spina on July 24, 2008.1

SUMMARY2

The respondent was an attorney admitted to the bar of the Commonwealth on May 13, 1991. He was also a member of the Georgia bar.

On September 19, 2005, the respondent was disbarred by the Georgia Supreme Court in In re Lazarou, 279 Ga. 664 (2005), for conduct in two closings in which he represented the lenders. In the first matter, the respondent collected $700 for a title examination and $439.50 for title insurance when no title insurance company was acting as an underwriter and no title examination had been conducted. The respondent showed these false charges on the closing documents, signed the documents knowing they were false, prepared a false title insurance commitment, and signed a title insurance endorsement as a purported “Authorized Signatory.” The respondent converted the funds collected for these purported charges. In the second matter, the respondent prepared and signed a document intended to assure the lender that the respondent was an authorized agent for a title insurance company when he did not have that authority.

The respondent defaulted on these charges in the Georgia bar discipline proceeding, and they were deemed established. His disbarment took into account the respondent’s “bad faith obstruction of the disciplinary proceedings….” Id. at 665.

The respondent did not notify bar counsel that he had been disbarred in Georgia. On April 17, 2008, bar counsel filed a petition for reciprocal discipline in the Supreme Judicial Court for Suffolk County, which requested that the respondent be disbarred in Massachusetts effective the entry date of the judgment of disbarment. On May 16, 2008, the county court issued an order of notice that was served upon the respondent and required him to notify the court within thirty days why reciprocal discipline should not be imposed. The respondent did not file a response to the order of notice.

On June 27, 2008, the county court notified the parties that a hearing would be held on July 22, 2008. The respondent did not appear at the hearing.

On July 24, 2008, the Supreme Judicial Court for Suffolk County (Spina, J.) entered a judgment of disbarment effective July 24, 2008. The court ordered that the respondent would not be eligible to apply for reinstatement until eight years after he fully complied with the judgment of disbarment and until he was reinstated to the Georgia bar.


FOOTNOTES:

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 filed with the Supreme Judicial Court.



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