Sharon Springs attorney will have to stop practicing law temporarily following a decision by the Appellate Division of state Supreme Court.
Cheryl Parsons Reul, who runs a private practice and also serves as attorney for the Village of Cobleskill, will be suspended from practicing law in about 20 days up until June 17, according to a decision handed down Thursday.
The court suspended Reul back in 2004 after she was found to be issuing checks from her escrow account with insufficient funds, but the suspension was stayed.
The New York Committee on Professional Standards, a 21-member body that investigates complaints against lawyers, has applied to have Reul’s suspension reactivated three times since the suspension was stayed, but the Appellate Division up until last year denied the request.
According to the decision, Reul issued several checks from her escrow account with insufficient funds to cover them–one of which was issued within two weeks of the Appellate Division’s June, 2010 decision and admonishment.
In its decision Thursday, the court granted the Committee on Professional Standards’ motion to reinstate Reul’s suspension, citing “the history of respondent’s escrow missteps since her stayed suspension in 2004.”
Cobleskill Village Clerk Sheila Hay-Gillespie said the village has not yet taken action to secure legal counsel but the village has about 20 days to consider the issue before Reul’s suspension takes effect.