During the course of his divorce proceedings, Mr. Chiofalo made “hostile, obscene and derogatory” statements to his wife and the other personnel involved in their divorce proceeding. As a result of his bad behavior, the Appellate Division of the First Department has suspended him from the practice of law for a period of two years.
Mr. Chiofalo was involved in a long contentious divorce proceeding with his wife. Refusing to listen to his own attorney’s advise, he sent written notes that were “riddled with profanities to his wife, her lawyers, his son’s Law Guardian and the Law Clerk assigned to his divorce case”. During one heated portion of the litigation, Mr. Chiofalo “threatened to cut off one attorney’s pinky and send it to his wife”. He also made inappropriate remarks to the judge handling this case regarding the judge’s honesty and integrity.
The Appellate Division noted in their decision that Mr. Chiofalo had been found guilty in Bronx Criminal Court of disorderly conduct based on his violation of an Order of Protection that had been given to his wife and children.
In his defense, before the Appellate Division (the disciplinary authority regulating attorney conduct in the state of New York), he claimed that his conduct was caused due to “stress over his divorce and financial situation”. He also advised the court that his misconduct did not effect his handling of any of his client’s cases.
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