Fregeau v. Piombino
An attorney engages in conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice, in violation of Rule 8.4(4), if the attorney fails to pay the full amount owed to his former landlord pursuant to a stipulated final judgment. Allegedly, the respondent attorney, Ronald Piombino, leased office space for his law firm, Burdick & Piombino, and the landlord filed a summary-process suit to evict the law firm, for nonpayment of rent. In 2011, the parties agreed to final judgment for the landlord, based on the respondent's agreement to pay $2,500. The respondent allegedly paid $2,000 and failed to pay $500. The Statewide Grievance Committee found, by clear and convincing evidence, that the respondent attorney engaged in conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice, in violation of Rule 8.4(4), because he did not make a final payment owed pursuant to the stipulated final judgment. The Statewide Grievance Committee ordered the respondent to take a continuing education course in law office management and to provide the Statewide Grievance Committee with written confirmation.