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Court suspends license of lawyer for six months

An appellate court has suspended the license of Buffalo attorney Jeffrey A. Lazroe for six months on a variety of charges, including abusing his power of subpoena and sloppy record-keeping in his law practice.

Lazroe, 58, a lawyer since 1972, was suspended from practice Thursday by the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court in Rochester.

The court found Lazroe guilty of 12 disciplinary rule counts and said that he has received "numerous letters of caution" about his law practice in the past.

Included in the charges against him was that he issued 191 subpoenas in a case involving a will in Tompkins County Surrogate's Court. He did so without the court's approval or knowing if those who received the subpoenas had any connection to the case.

The court said Lazroe admitted that he issued the subpoenas "while involved in a contentious personal lawsuit."

Lazroe withdrew the subpoenas and apologized to those who received them after being directed to do so by Tompkins County Surrogate John C. Rowley, the court noted. A spokeswoman for Rowley could provide no further detail Friday.

Lazroe was also cited for failing to respond in a lawsuit he brought for a client whose truck was damaged, resulting in a court order against the use of evidence in the case. He was also cited for notarizing a client's signature without the client appearing before him and for failing to keep legal funds separate from his personal accounts.

Lazroe's secretary said Friday he was not in to comment.

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