Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Lawyer Disbarred in Misuse of Funds

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Lawyer Disbarred in Misuse of Funds

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A lawyer who practiced in Midland Park has been disbarred by the state Supreme Court for taking $15,000 in client funds for his own use.

The lawyer, William E. Gahwyler Jr., also was accused of other ethical violations, including continuing to practice law even after a 2013 suspension for allegedly falsifying real estate closing documents.

According to the court's disciplinary review board, one of his clients while he was suspended was Alla Shapiro, owner of the Woodhouse Spa in Montclair. She was in a dispute with her landlord over a water leak, and had withheld $15,293 in rent. That money was placed into a trust account with another lawyer, to be held until the issue was resolved.

Shapiro moved the case to Gahwyler, and in spring 2014, her earlier lawyer sent Gahwyler a check for the withheld rent. He requested that it be placed in Gahwyler's attorney trust account. …

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