Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman, P.C., appellant, v. Cindy Ann Ayrovainen, also known as Cindy Ann Lauder, respondent.
Argued—October 27, 2014
DECISION & ORDER
In an action to recover unpaid legal fees, the plaintiff appeals, by permission, from so much of an order of the Supreme Court, Rockland County (Walsh II, J.), dated January 9, 2014, as, sua sponte, disqualified attorney Barry Kantrowitz from representing the plaintiff in this action.
ORDERED that the order is affirmed insofar as appealed from, with costs.
The Supreme Court properly disqualified attorney Barry Kantrowitz from representing the plaintiff in this action, for the reasons stated in a companion appeal (see Lauder v. Goldhamer, _ AD3d _ [decided herewith] ). Further, it was a proper exercise of discretion for the Supreme Court to disqualify Kantrowitz, sua sponte, based upon its finding in the related action involving the same parties (see Flushing Sav. Bank v. FSB Props., 105 A.D.2d 829, 830).
SKELOS, J.P., DICKERSON, CHAMBERS and SGROI, JJ., concur.
Clerk of the Court