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In re Jordan Schiff

Supreme Court of New York
Docket No. HP 22/92 (1993)


Facts

Jordan Schiff (defendant) practiced as an attorney at the law firm of Shapiro & Yankowitz. During a deposition of one of Schiff’s clients at the offices of Shapiro & Yankowitz, Schiff lost his temper toward Mark, the female attorney conducting the deposition, and walked out of the room. Yankowitz, a senior partner, entered the room and shouted intimidating and derogatory remarks toward Mark. Schiff then returned and directed a number of vulgar, gender-biased insults at Mark. The court reporter documented several objections lodged by Mark on the record and also witnessed additional degrading comments made off the record. A judge ordered Schiff to apologize to Mark. Another judge ordered sanctions against Shapiro & Yankowitz on two separate occasions. A third judge referred Schiff to the disciplinary committee of the New York State Supreme Court. In spite of prior sanctions, the evidence at Schiff’s disciplinary hearing showed that he had engaged in sexual harassment of a female attorney on at least one other occasion.   

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