A former law firm associate who offered to provide information to an opposing party for a $2,000 fee has been suspended from the practice of law for five years.
Glenn A. Kiczales, a former associate at landlord-tenant firm Ingram Yuzek Gainen Carroll & Bertolotti, began representing real estate firm Stahl Associates in 2002 in an action to recover an apartment from a tenant and a sublessee named Rajiv Gosain.
Gosain offered at various points in the action to pay Kiczales, 36, for help in the case, including $20,000 in the event of a favorable settlement.
Though Kiczales was unable to accept that fee because he was too junior a lawyer to influence his client on a settlement, he offered for a $2,000 fee to provide Gosain information about how certain audiotape evidence would be used.
Gosain never paid the $2,000, though and his own lawyer subsequently reported Kiczales' conduct to partners at Ingram Yuzek. He was terminated immediately and the firm withdrew as counsel to Stahl Associates.