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NY Attorney’s License Suspended for Tax Fraud

Last January, former Sullivan and Cromwell partner John O’Brien was sentenced to two years and four months in prison for failing to pay taxes on over $10 million in partnership income earned between 2003 and 2008.

Earlier this week, his license to practice law in New York was suspended by the Appellate Division, First Department.

The Departmental Disciplinary Committee petitioned the court seeking suspension. Under NY law, any attorney convicted of a “serious crime” shall be suspended from the practice of law.

Although O’Brien did not plead guilty to any felonies, he pleaded guilty to willful failure to file income tax returns, which is considered a “serious crime.”

In a sentencing memorandum, O’Brien’s attorney Russel Neufeld indicated the tax problems initially arose when O’Brien invested $3 million in his domestic partner’s failed rare book business, according to the New York Law Journal.

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