Criminal Justice

Lawyer's son is charged with unauthorized practice of law


The troubled son of a prominent New York attorney has been criminally charged with unauthorized practice of law.

Terence Kindlon, Jr., 42, passed the state bar exam in February but has not been admitted to practice. He was accused by a prosecutor at a state supreme court hearing on Tuesday of “pretending to be a lawyer in the same courthouse where he had two open felony cases,” reports Reuters.

Prosecutors said the two cases concern the theft of a motorcycle and a bicycle. Kindlon’s lawyer, Stacey Richman, said he suffers from bipolar issues and needs treatment.

The New York Law Journal (sub. req.) says Kindlon was indicted Tuesday on two misdemeanor UPL counts and three felony counts of uttering a false instrument for filing.

The New York Daily News reports that Kindlon is accused of representing defendants in state court at least twice last year.

Kindlon’s father, Terence Kindlon of Kindlon Shanks & Associates in Albany, said the family expects psychological issues to prevent the 42-year-old from being admitted to practice. “We’re heartbroken,” he told Reuters. “It’s a tragic situation. We all stand behind him 100 percent.”

The Daily Intelligencer page of New York magazine and the New York Post also have stories.

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