NEW YORK, NY — DECEMBER 17: Attorney Evan Greebel, center, is led by law enforcement officials after being detained because of co-defendent with Turing Pharmaceutical CEO Martin Shkreli for securities fraud December 17, 2015 in new york. Shkreli gained notoriety for increasing the cost of Daraprim, a medication used to treat the parasitic state of toxoplasmosis, from $13.50 to $750, although the Greebel arrest did not involve that cost hike.
Evan Louis Greebela former lawyer with the law firm of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, obtained consent to voluntarily”step as a lawyer and counselor-at-law” from the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department in a Wednesday arrangement”in lieu of further proceedings in connection with his conviction” on securities fraud charges in December 2017.
Greebel was formerly sentenced to 18 months in prison after an 11-week-long trial where prosecutors called him as a”corrupt attorney” in connection with his role in Shkreli’s efforts to defraud pharmaceutical firm Retrophin, Inc. to pay off family debts. The duo was accused of working collectively so as to use Retrophin’s money and shares so as to stave off investors from Shkreli’s failed hedge funds.
The now-former lawyer made a decision of the scope and seriousness of his criminal activity from the Wednesday court order.
The respondent further acknowledges that his convictions constitute”serious crimes” under JudiciaryLaw § 90(4) and constitute a finding of misconduct under the Rules of Professional Conduct, requiring the imposition of discipline. He attests that he cannot defend against such facts and circumstances.
In other words, Greebel consented that he was convicted of federal crimes and does not have a defense against the allegations made against him by law enforcement. Those allegations led to a conviction which subsequently led to an inquiry into Greebel’s professional behavior. However, the court stated the professional conduct inquiry into Greebel did”not include any allegations that he misappropriated or misapplied money or property.” In other words, the professional behavior matter appeared to be concerned with the fact that a conviction occurred compared to the with the underlying substance of the conviction.
By permitting Greebel to step, the committee’s professional behavior investigation is currently canceled.
“The Grievance Committee claims that the resignation fully complies with the requirements of 22 NYCRR 1240.10 and, therefore, recommends its approval,” the conclusion notes. “In view of the respondent’s disbarment, on the Court’s own motion, the hearing before the Special Referee, as directed by decision and order on motion of the Court dated May 26, 2020, is stopped.”
The intermediate appellate court decided to grant Greebel’s resignation implies he’s immediately disbarred and his name has been”stricken from the roster of solicitors and counselors-at-law.”
A separate petition from Greebel to have his name stricken retroactively from”the date that he stopped practicing law, March, 1, 2016, or alternatively, the date of his conviction, or rather, the date of his interim suspension [in 2019]” was refused.
The arrangement is silent regarding whether or not Greebel might some day be able to reapply for readmission to the bar. New York law seems to permit reapplications for admission in some instances of resignation after seven decades.
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