Prior to joining the Disciplinary Committee as a Staff Attorney, Mr. Lipkansky was an Assistant District Attorney in the Queens County District Attorney’s Office, where, inter alia, he was in the Economic Crimes Bureau engaging in the prosecution (from arrest through trial) of felony “white collar” criminal offenses, including insurance fraud, embezzlement, and the distribution of counterfeit goods. He was also in the Narcotics Trials Bureau, where he prosecuted felony narcotics offenses, from basic “buy-and-bust” operations to transportation of narcotics through the two international airports in Queens.
Mr. Lipkansky joined the Attorney Grievance Committee (AGC) in 1999 as a Senior Attorney. As a Deputy Chief Attorney at the AGC, Mr. Lipkansky supervises the work of Staff Attorneys and the AGC’s Investigative Accountant. Mr. Lipkansky also investigates and prosecutes a wide variety of ethics complaints against attorneys.
He has investigated and prosecuted many attorney ethics matters involving attorney misconduct, such as conversion of escrow funds, neglect of client matters, criminal convictions, and fraud of various types. Among other matters, Mr. Lipkansky handled the suspension from practice and ultimate disbarment of Marc Dreier, who operated a fraudulent investment scheme through which he stole hundreds of millions dollars from unsuspecting investors.
Mr. Lipkansky has lectured at CLE events on issues of ethics and professionalism for the New York County Lawyers Association, the New York State Trial Lawyers Institute, the Practising Law Institute, the Assigned Counsel Plan, the Westchester County Bar Association, and the Committee on Character and Fitness.
Mr. Lipkansky has testified in both state and federal criminal matters, both at the Grand Jury and trial level, as to the proper use of attorney escrow accounts.
Mr. Lipkansky graduated cum laude from New York Law School in 1996.