- had a flat-lump-sum retainer agreement signed by a legally blind person without reading the retainer agreement to that person;
- did no real work over 4 months of representation of that person;
- steered the legally blind person into a felony plea with a claim that, once again, the legally blind person drove a truck (where evidence in the case showed that that same truck at that same time was driven by somebody else, who was charged and convicted for speeding), and
- steered their legally blind client into signing an agreement the legally blind person could not see and that was not read to him, where he waived his right to sue the presiding judge (Carl Becker), all federal and state law enforcement officers participating in his criminal case, and the prosecutor (Richard Northrup of Delaware County, now a judge - who at the time of the case employed, without disclosure, Becker's law partner John Hubbard, John Hubbard disclosed that fact only in January of 2016, when Becker was no longer a judge, Northrup was no longer a District Attorney, he was a new County Judge elected with Becker's support and unlawfully sworn in by Becker, when Becker was no longer a public official, and Hubbard was the Acting District Attorney in Northrup's stead);
- was fired from that case before sentencing;
- threatened me, my husband, their former legally blind client with a "grand larceny" if we "touch" the bail money that belonged to our legally blind client as a matter of law, because the back of the bail receipt was not endorsed to O'Connell & Aronowitz, PC;
- wrote an inappropriate letter to Judge Becker, after being fired from the case, causing Becker to refuse to issue a proper order of bail exoneration, and causing Becker to issue an order that threw the Delaware County;
- caused Delaware County to spend thousands upon thousands of dollars on litigation over the bail money - which I won for my legally blind client, at the cost of my law license; see conflicts of interest in that case, in addition to John Hubbard being the law partner of Judge Becker, described here;
- threatened me, through its representative at an appellate settlement conference in August of 2009, that they will ask for sanctions against me if I go ahead with my appeal of improper grant of the bail money to O&A;
- I won an appeal - and Delaware County, where the Treasurer was Carl Becker's likely girlfriend, according to her statements in his election campaign of 2012, and where Carl Becker's buddy, colleague and boss of many years, former Delaware County Attorney Richard Spinney admitted to an ex parte communication with Becker on the issue of bail money - refused to release the money, necessitating a contempt proceeding against the County, and a motion to recuse Becker who assigned himself to the case despite his obvious disqualification and misconduct, claiming at sentencing of my legally blind client that he is not as blind as he pretends to be (Becker sanctioned me for my request to step down from the bail interpleader case, and had my law license suspended based on that sanction);
- O&A partner Stephen Coffey, at that point the Vice-Chair for the NYS Commission for Judicial Conduct whose threatening letters to Becker bore a clear appearance of impropriety, given the power Coffey had over Becker as the Vice-Chair of the Commission that could discipline or remove Becker from office, committed misconduct in revealing and openly filing with the Delaware County Supreme Court the sealed pre-sentencing report of his former legally blind client who fired him;
- Becker ordered the Delaware County, but not O&A to return the money, which decision resulted in yet another appeal that I won for my legally blind client, once again, at the cost of my law license;
- O&A would not give back my client's bail money despite TWO appellate court decisions;
- O&A's partner Stephen Coffey refused to comply with discovery demands in remanded cases, somehow raising as a basis of denial of discovery demands my husband's disbarment, which was irrelevant to the case;
- I won another appeal for my client, now from Becker's decision - and, after a disciplinary complaint against Coffey, who would not give the money back, as ordered by TWO appellate court orders, and who, instead of complying with discovery, mocked me as a wife of a disbarred attorney (which had no relevance to the case whatsoever), got the bail money back for my client.
Coffey was freely advertising his membership in the Commission for Judicial Conduct during that membership, and some time after he left the Commission.
Now, the Commission does not readily reflect Coffey's membership on its website, other than through annual reports, and Coffey quietly removed any mention of his participation in the Commission from his official biography on his law firm's website (after I used it in several court proceedings).
For all those years, Feigenbaum was the referee of the Commission appearing in front of Coffey.
Becker was a (usurped) judge from 2002 to July of 2015.
Coffey was on the Commission at the time of my complaints against Becker in 2009, 2010 and 2011, the complaints involved Coffey's own behavior, but he did not recuse.
I know for a fact that I am far from being the only one who filed complaints against Becker, many people did that, but Coffey, who had a huge conflict of interest where Becker was concerned, apparently voted along with the rest of the Commission to not even investigate those complaints.
With all of the above, Coffey parades on the website of his law firm his following "achievements":
Coffey excelled in the criminal field by duping a legally blind person into signing a $17,000 retainer agreement that allowed Coffey to do no work, but steer the legally blind defendant into pleading guilty for driving a truck, and into signing a waiver of liability for the judge - the very same judge who Coffey was supposed to investigate and prosecute as the Vice-Chair of the Commission of Judicial Conduct.
Coffey then excelled in the civil field by illegally exposing a sealed document from the criminal proceeding in the civil proceeding, intimidating attorneys for the disabled client who fired him for cause - while knowing all along, as a matter of law, that he was wrong, and appearing to use his position of power to bend the law to his financial benefit.
Coffey's "fearless approach" in the Shields v Carbone and People v Carbone cases was only in trying to intimidate people over whom he had power, for his own benefit, to shake up the money from people and entities that did not legally belong to Coffey or his law firm. As to his client, his "fearless approach" transpired only in fearlessly frivolous claim of a legally blind person driving a truck that was driven at that time by somebody else - a statement that Coffey urged his legally blind client to pronounce TWICE on record.
Coffey does not mention that he was a member, and a Vice-Chair for the commission of Judicial Conduct for 16 years, so his "victories" before judges he had power to remove, with the help of his partner, referee of the Commission Paul Feigenbaum, is nothing other than abuse of power by a public official.
I have no doubt that "under Coffey's leadership", backed up with his and Feigenbaum's power wielded as a member, Vice-Chair (Coffey) and long-time referee (Feigenbaum) of the NYS Commission of Judicial Conduct, judges did not know whether they bent to Coffey's whims quickly enough - as Becker did with his "unusual" bail exoneration orders that plunged Delaware County into years of litigation, even though it was clear as a matter of law, who the bail money belonged to - and that was not O'Connell & Aronowitz, PC, see here and here.
That's quite a victory - when a powerful public official is using his position of power to drum up business for his law firm.
Quite a victory to be proud of.
Well, now - after all of that recounting of O&A's history, look what O&A has been recently caught in doing - again.
Blatant discrimination against disabled in the Albany parking garage.
A journalist investigation by the Albany Times Union's Chris Churchill and photographer John Carl D'Annibale revealed that O&A had 16 reserved parking spaces right next to the exit, spaces that are usually, and by law, federal Americans with Disabilities Act, are reserved for the disabled.
So, the disabled with limited mobility - on crutches and wheelchairs - must walk an extra distance so that O&A lawyers who are known for "fearless approach when confronted with injustice" should confront injustice - some place else - faster.
There was a suggestion made that yet another partner of O&A, Cornelius Murray was behind such cozy reserved spaces in Albany Parking garage - because Murray was the former Chairman of the parking authority.
Here is the hero, Cornelius Murray, from O&A's website:
Same as with Coffey's participation in the Commission for Judicial Conduct, Murray's being a Chairman of the parking authority is not mentioned in his official biography on O&A's website.
As reported by the Albany Times Union,
"Murray, in fact, was astonished by the allegation, given that it has been more than a decade since his chairmanship ended. O'Connell & Aronowitz did not get its reserved spaces until years later, and Murray wasn't involved in the negotiations, he said."
But of course. The best defense is the "Sergeant Schultz" defense - I didn't hear anything, I didn't see anything and I don't know anything.
To imagine that O&A would not use the position of power of ANY of its members not to advance its position is, first, ridiculous, and, second, the outrage of Mr. Murray reveals more than he wanted to reveal - the fact that there were NEGOTIATIONS by O&A with the administration of the Albany parking garage for the reserved spaces.
And Cornelius Murray, even back when he was the Chairman of the Albany Parking authority, was caught in being less than forthcoming with the public on certain issues, prompting commentators to characterize Murray's defensive statements this way:
" His attempt to justify destroying the 18th century rum distillery with a garage reminds me of the boy who gets caught with hands in the cookie jar and proclaims only to be counting the cookies."
Not forthcoming then, not forthcoming now. No surprises.
Does O&A know of the existence and requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act?
A ridiculous question, right - they are lawyers, after all.
So, O&A, in exchange for "not leaving downtown Albany" were offered by Albany City government reserved spaces in violation of federal anti-discrimination law, and anti-discrimination law against people with disabilities?
What is the "consideration" for that exchange?
What is the value of O'Connell & Aronowitz for the Albany City government to try to lure O&A not to leave downtown Albany with parking spots that should have been reserved for the disabled?
So, O&A knowingly discriminate against the disabled, for their own convenience.
As they did with their client and then former client, Richard Carbone, a legally blind person, from 2008 onwards.
Because, with Coffey previously being a 16-year-member and longtime Vice-Chair of the NYS Commission for Judicial Conduct, and with O&A's Paul Fiedelman still a repeatedly "assigned" referee for that Commission, still wielding tremendous power of removal over judges in front of whom the law firm practices, everybody can be assured that this law firm will be allowed to bend the law to its whim however it likes - with NO repercussions.
That is not just Albany, New York, ladies and gentlemen.
That is the State of New York.
That's the order of business.