Appeals Lawyer Decides That Attorney That Was Unaware Of His Suspension Cannot Resume Practice

An attorney that claims he was unaware of a 2010 ruling that resulted in his own suspension will remain on suspension for the immediate future due to a decision made by the New York court of appeals.

The Attorney Grievance Committee reported to the court that attorney M. Scott Vayer continued practicing law despite the fact that he had been suspended in 2010. The Grievance Committee asserts that Vayer should face a disbarment or long-term suspension for unauthorized practice.

Vayer explains that he was not made aware that he had been suspended until a year ago when a colleague brought the matter to his attention.

Vayer did acknowledge that he did not take the necessary steps to renew his registration and had in fact not met any continuing education requirement since 2001.

Vayer says that the reason he did not know about his suspension in 2010 because he had no subscription to the New York Law Journal which posted a notice of the suspension for five consecutive days. Vayer also moved both his home and office in the fall of the same year which could provide the explanation of why he did not receive notice by mail of his suspension.

Vayer has taken the steps to bring his continuing education requirements up to date and has also made current his once delinquent registration fees as of June 2017.

The appeals court has ruled that he suspension will be upheld in the interim while the Attorney Grievance Committee continues its investigation.

The committee has characterized it as “incredible” that Vayer could believe that he possessed a valid license to practice law in the state of New York after neglecting to renew his registration and complete CLE requirements for 17 years.

M. Scott Vayer did not resond to requests for comments made by email or phone.