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NO. BD-2008-105


S.J.C. Judgment of Disbarment entered by Justice Cordy on December 15, 2008.1


The respondent Tanya Pardo was admitted to the bar of the Commonwealth on June 14, 2000. She was also a member of the New Hampshire bar.

On September 25, 2008, the respondent and the Attorney Discipline Office of New Hampshire entered into a stipulation in which the respondent admitted to rule violations and stipulated to disbarment. A superior court in New Hampshire had granted a motion to compel discovery in a case handled by the respondent. The respondent created and backdated an objection to the motion and placed the objection in the superior court file. She filed a motion to vacate the superior court order based on the false representation that the objection had been timely filed. She also told her employer that she had filed a timely objection to the motion, knowing that her statement was false. The respondent’s conduct violated Rules 3.3(a)(1) and (3), Rule 4.1(a), and Rules 8.4(a) and (c).

Bar counsel filed a petition for reciprocal discipline in the Supreme Judicial Court for Suffolk County on November 1, 2008. On November 6, 2008, the county court issued an order requiring the respondent to appear on December 11, 2008, in person to respond to the petition for reciprocal discipline. The respondent did not appear at the hearing held on December 11, 2008.

A lawyer who has been disbarred in New Hampshire may petition for reinstatement at any time unless the court otherwise orders. See Rule 37(2)(d) of New Hampshire Supreme Court Rules. To be reinstated in New Hampshire, a disbarred lawyer must, among other things, pass the bar examination and secure a favorable report from the professional conduct committee and the character and fitness committee. In Massachusetts, a lawyer must wait at least eight years before petitioning for reinstatement and demonstrate fitness. S. J. C. Rule 4:01, §§ 18(2)(a), (5).

On December 15, 2008, the county court (Cordy, J.) entered an order of disbarment, with the provision that the respondent would not be required to wait eight years prior to petitioning for reinstatement so long as she provides proof satisfactory to the court that she has been reinstated in New Hampshire. The respondent is subject to S. J. C. Rule 4:01, §§ 18(3)-(8), including the requirements that she prove her fitness for reinstatement in the Commonwealth.


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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