IN RE: STEPHEN THOMAS TOWER

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Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Department, New York.

IN RE: STEPHEN THOMAS TOWER, an Attorney.

Decided: June 03, 2021

Before:  Lynch, J.P., Aarons, Pritzker, Reynolds Fitzgerald and Colangelo, JJ. Stephen Thomas Tower, Manchester, New Hampshire, pro se. Monica A. Duffy, Attorney Grievance Committee for the Third Judicial Department, Albany, for Attorney Grievance Committee for the Third Judicial Department.

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER ON MOTION

(Attorney Registration No. 5562731)

Calendar Date:  June 1, 2021

Stephen Thomas Tower was admitted to practice by this Court in 2017 and lists a business address in Manchester, New Hampshire with the Office of Court Administration.  Tower now seeks leave to resign from the New York bar for nondisciplinary reasons (see Rules for Attorney Disciplinary Matters [22 NYCRR] § 1240.22[a] ).  The Attorney Grievance Committee for the Third Judicial Department (hereinafter AGC) advises that it does not oppose Tower's application.

Upon reading Tower's affidavit sworn to March 29, 2021 and filed April 2, 2021, and upon reading the May 20, 2021 correspondence in response by the Chief Attorney for AGC, and having determined that Tower is eligible to resign for nondisciplinary reasons, we grant his application and accept his resignation.

Lynch, J.P., Aarons, Pritzker, Reynolds Fitzgerald and Colangelo, JJ., concur.

ORDERED that Stephen Thomas Tower's application for permission to resign is granted and his nondisciplinary resignation is accepted;  and it is further

ORDERED that Stephen Thomas Tower's name is hereby stricken from the roll of attorneys and counselors-at-law of the State of New York, effective immediately, and until further order of this Court (see generally Rules for Attorney Disciplinary Matters [22 NYCRR] § 1240.22[b] );  and it is further

ORDERED that Stephen Thomas Tower is commanded to desist and refrain from the practice of law in any form in the State of New York, either as principal or as agent, clerk or employee of another;  and Tower is hereby forbidden to appear as an attorney or counselor-at-law before any court, judge, justice, board, commission or other public authority, or to give to another an opinion as to the law or its application, or any advice in relation thereto, or to hold himself out in any way as an attorney and counselor-at-law in this State;  and it is further

ORDERED that Stephen Thomas Tower shall, within 30 days of the date of this decision, surrender to the Office of Court Administration any Attorney Secure Pass issued to him.

Per Curiam.

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