Original publication: Courier-Post
Original publication date: January 22, 1963
His conduct is dishonorable and brings the profession into disrepute. –-a NJ Supreme Court Justice referring to attorney Edward Kent
TRENTON (UPI) – The State Supreme Court Monday reprimanded lawyer Edward Kent of Levittown [now Willingboro, NJ] for bypassing a Pennsylvania lawyer and dealing directly with his client.
The Pennsylvania lawyer, James P. Geoghegan, complained to the Burlington County Ethics Committee that Kent had sought to arrange settlement of an auto accident through direct dealings with Geoghegan’s client.
He said this violated the professional ethics.
Kent represented Paul Colton, who was involved in an automobile accident with Geoghegan’s client, Harvey P. Moyer. Colton, who had moved from Pennsylvania to Levittown, N.J., was seeking to pay off $1,569.50 to Moyer in order to obtain a driver’s license in New Jersey.
Kent said neither he nor Colton, were able to contact Geoghegan and that he then arranged to meet with Moyer in order to settle the manner of payment. Kent said he worked directly through Moyer because Colton needed to clear up the matter of payment quickly as he needed his car in order to work.
Kent sent a letter of apology to Geoghegan. The court held that because of Kent’s “candor and his acceptable apology,” Kent should not be disbarred from practice but should be reprimanded.