Paul L. Caron

Monday, March 9, 2009

Former Cadwalader Partner Censured for Failing to File 2001-2005 Tax Returns

The New York State Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, First Judicial Department, has publicly censured Gerald A. Eppner, currently a solo practitioner but formerly counsel to Kaye Scholer and a partner at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, for failing to file federal and state tax returns on $4.1 million of income for 2001-2005. The panel decided to publicly censure Mr. Eppner rather than impose a suspension because "his inability to pay his taxes was the result of a significant increase in expenses, and an unexpected drop in income which led to a substantial cash flow problem -- and not motivated by dishonesty or an accumulation of wealth."

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Obama is likely to nominate him for a cabinet position any day now. Then, Eppner can say that it was a "mistake" and that he was "embarrassed" by the oversight, which deflects any inquiries from the media.

Posted by: Woody | Mar 9, 2009 12:30:48 PM

No wonder so many lawyers think of themselves as above the law. Apparently they are above the law.

(His expenses were up, his income was down, but his net was still 4.1M, so why didn't he have the cash flow to pay the taxes - what am I missing here?)

Posted by: save_the_rustbelt | Mar 9, 2009 6:24:27 AM