It mentions a local attorney, Thomas Schimmerling of Delhi, NY, who is over $14,456.35 in arrears for 8 years while, upon my review of his cases on E-Courts and in just one Appellate Division of New York state out of 4, Mr. Schimmerling was actively generating income out of the very office for which he did not pay taxes.
Attorney fees for an attorney of Mr. Schimmerling's experience in this area is nowhere lower than $175.00 per hour, the five pages of listings of court cases that I obtained from New York e-courts clearly indicate that Mr. Schimmerling was appearing in the New York State Supreme Court mostly as Plaintiff's attorney, and retainer fees in Supreme Court cases start from $3,000.00.
It is apparent that Mr. Schimmerling generated income out of his office located in the poor area, Delhi, NY, without any intention to share his income, as he was supposed to, and to pay taxes to the Village of Delhi.
I believe, this is a large disciplinary violation, but, since nothing has been done about it for 8 years, I guess, nothing will be done about it anyway - so I decided to go public with it.
How ethical is for attorney Schimmerling to use the services of the Village of Delhi without paying village taxes, in a village where, according to the census, per capita annual income is $13,421 and where "about 8.1% of families and 14.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.5% of those under age 19 and 7.1% of those age 65 and over"?
Moreover, had this same attorney not paid income taxes in the same amount, he would have been prosecuted for a federal felony and, possibly, automatically disbarred.
Apparently, not to pay property taxes for the property that helps generate that income is ok.
Yet, the Committee for Professional Conduct of the 3rd Department has no time prosecuting Mr. Schimmerling, because its time and "limited resources" are all tied up in eliminating attorneys who criticize judicial misconduct and misconduct within the Committee.