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Dan Engstrand, second from left, receiving Commissioner's Award from Commissioner KrumpterOn November 2, 2016, Dan Engstrand was awarded the Nassau County Police Department's Commissioner's Award by Acting Commissioner of Police Thomas C. Krumpter in recognition of his invaluable assistance to the Nassau County Police Law Enforcement Exploring Program's unprecedent success of having won 17  awards-the most awarded to any Law Enforcement Explorer team in the United States- at the 2016 Biannual National Law Enforcement Exploring Conference held in Flagstaff, Arizona during the week of July 11-15, 2016.  


Dan Engstrand Awarded Theodore Roosevelt Award and Citations from Nassau Executive and Nassau County Legislature

Dan Engstrand with Hon. Norma L. Gonsalves, Presiding Officer, Nassau County Legislature On November 4, 2015, Acting Commissioiner of the Nassau County Police Department, Thomas C Krumpter presented D. Daniel Engstrand, Jr. the "Theodore Roosevelt Award" for his work with the Nassau County Law Enforcement Exploring. Citations of commendation were also issued to Dan Engstrand by Edward P. Mangano, Nassau County Executive, and by the Hon. Norma L. Gonsalves, Presiding Officer of the Nassau County Legislature.


Why Dan Engstrand is Proud to be an Attorney

Dan Engstrand, Esq.As many readers of this website ( know, I sit as a member of the Grievance Committee for the Tenth Judicial District, having been appointed by the Appellate Division, Second Department.  I am honored to serve on this committee without compensation and I do so as a public service to my community, along with my  twenty other of esteemed colleagues who take their responsibilities seriously.  Each month this committee reviews cases of attorney misconduct.   Today I received the 2014 Annual Report from The Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection. A full copy of this report can be accessed here. The Lawyers’ Fund, as it is often referred to, is an independent public trust fund financed principally by New York attorneys with a portion of their biannual attorney registration fee ($375) when they are required to register with the Office of Court Administration.   

Specifically, the Lawyers’ Fund reimburses clients of dishonest attorneys who, as a result, have suffered financial loss.  According to this report, “[a]ll but three eligible law clients received 100 percent reimbursement for their losses in 2014.”  Since 1982, when the Fund first began paying out on claims, “94 percent of all eligible claimants have received full reimbursement for their eligible loss.”  Since 2003, the Fund has fully reimbursed “99 percent of all eligible claimants.”  The report highlighted the fact that the vast majority of these attorney theft cases involve lawyer theft of real estate escrow funds.  According to the Fund’s report, “[s]ince 1982, real estate escrow losses are the largest single category of awards from the Fund in both the number of awards approved and amount of reimbursement provided.”  Moreover, the report emphasized that “[a] lawyer’s theft of a purchaser’s down payment in the sale of residential property has historically constituted the majority of these real estate losses.”

Breaking it down by the numbers, out of the 297,000 registered attorneys in New York State, only 1,115 disbarred, deceased or suspended attorneys “have been responsible for the 8,032 awards granted by the Fund” during the past 32 years of its existence.  What this means is that over the past 32 years, less than one-half of one percent of all the registered attorneys in New York State, an extremely small percentage, are responsible for the dishonest actions resulting in financial loss to their clients.  “In 2014, 69 now suspended, disbarred or deceased lawyers were responsible for the client losses reimbursed by the Fund.”  These 69 dishonest attorneys represent a miniscule percentage or 0.023232323232323233 percent of all the 297,000 registered attorneys in New York State.  And out of all the 559 awards granted by the Fund in 2014, it was shocking to learn that 405 of them, or 72 percent of the total awards for 2014, resulted from the dishonest actions of one disbarred attorney from Albany, Andrew F. Capoccia, who is currently serving a fifteen year-plus federal jail sentence.  A complete listing of all of these dishonest attorneys is published on the Lawyers’ Fund’s website,  The Report takes care to note that it has been the Fund’s experience over its past 32 years of existence that “the overwhelming majority of lawyers in New York State are honest and caring and deserving of their clients’ trust.” 

In 2014, the Lawyers’ Fund approved “559 awards providing $6.1 million in total [100 percent] reimbursement to eligible law clients for losses caused by dishonest conduct of 69 former New York State attorneys.”  No other profession in New York State provides such financial protection to its clients.  When I read reports such as this, I am proud to be an attorney.  


Prosecution and Defense of a Drunk Driver

D. Daniel Engstrand, Jr. presented “Roadside PTTs and the Alco-Sensor” at the Alexander Hamilton Inn’s of Court at Touro Law School and participated at a mock trial demonstration involving the prosecution and defense of a drunk driver along with a live demonstration of an Alco-Sensor and an Intoxilizer 5000 on April 14, 2015 along with the Hon. Mark D. Cohen, Prof. John L. Buonora, Suffolk County Police Office Charles F. Boyle, Jr. 


Federal Civil Practice in the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York


On Saturday, March 28, 2015, Dan Engstrand presented "Federal Civil Practice in the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York" at the Bridge the Gap Program for the Suffolk County Bar Association.  This is Dan's eleventh year of presenting this program for the Suffolk County Bar Association.