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Chris McDonough, Esq.

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Attorney Chris McDonough, Esq. is an experienced defense attorney for lawyers facing grievances or disciplinary proceedings throughout New York. He has worked on these matters exclusively for over thirty years, first as a grievance prosecutor for thirteen years and on the defense side since 2003. There are hundreds of reported cases handled by him. He has handled many more grievance cases that resulted in dismissals or private discipline. He has also represented hundreds of law students and former lawyers seeking admission or readmission before the Character and Fitness Committees and the Appellate Divisions.

Chris McDonough is admitted to practice in New York (1988) and Colorado (1990). He earned his Juris Doctorate in 1988, with cum laude honors. He served as Assistant Counsel to the Grievance Committee for the Tenth Judicial District from 1989 through 2002. His practice is limited to attorney discipline, and all aspects of professional ethics and character and fitness matters. In 2010 he was voted the top disciplinary defense attorney in New York in the New York Law Journal poll (the only year that this category was included). With the Foley Griffin team, he advises lawyers accused of criminal conduct who are defended by Brian Griffin and Daniel Russo.

In addition to his work as an attorney, he has:

  • Taught legal ethics as an Adjunct Professor,
  • Authored numerous articles, texts, law reviews, etc. on grievances, risk management, advertising, disciplinary proceedings and professional ethics, impaired lawyers, civility and professionalism, etc.
  • Regular lecturer for bar associations, law firms, bar groups, law school classes, alumni associations, etc.

Proven Results

Hear From Past Clients

    He offers real-world solutions to real-world problems. Attorney McDonough can be an asset to any individual or any corporation or other business entity when it comes to legal assistance.

    - Michael M., ESQ.

    Chris is extremely knowledgeable. His experience and understanding of both the law and process gave me a great feeling of confidence. I don’t have enough words to thank him for his help and support.

    - Anthony C., ESQ

    He always takes the time to explain things in a manner that is easy to understand. You can rest assured that your case will be handled professionally and with class.

    - Mario D., ESQ.

    He gives 110% in support of his clients’ cause. His work is thorough, well researched, complete and highly professional. He is a man of character and integrity, well respected by his colleagues and always striving for perfection.

    - Joel B., JD

    Today, for the first time in 20 years, and due largely to your efforts, I appeared in Court as a respected member of the Bar.

    - Bill
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