Lawyer Facing Suspension Defends Derogatory Remarks About Judge
It was "Perskie's conduct...that caused [his] integrity and independence to be called into question, particularly where the record is crystal clear that Perskie 'flouted his judicial obligations and responsibilities' in this case, just as he did in the case resulting in his discipline," Van Syoc says.
Van Syoc further claims he was deprived of representation by counsel at the DEC hearing.
He also asks for leniency, saying the "harshness of the proposed six-month suspension, particularly when measured against Petitioner's 33 years of membership of the Bar, his minimal disciplinary history, and his substantial contributions to the development of case law in this State, justify a different outcome of either no discipline whatsoever or a non-suspensory sanction."
Van Syoc, of Van Syoc & Weintraub in Cherry Hill, declines comment.
Assistant Ethics Counsel Timothy McNamara, who prosecuted the case, filed a response letter Friday. He deferred to the DRB but explained that Van Syoc was denied counsel before the DEC because the attorney who appeared with him—his associate, Sebastian Ionno II—was listed as a witness. •