We’ve heard it a thousand times: The lawyer who represents himself has a fool for a client”. But it was something New York patent attorney Anthony Zappin had to listen to during his divorce proceeding when the Judge, Justice Matthew Cooper, reprimanded Zappin and fined the ivy league lawyer for his “aggressively hostile” behavior.
Zappin is a $230,000-a-year associate at Mintz Levin PC and so the $10,000 fine may not unduly concern him.
The NY Post reported that ever since the Columbia-educated Zappin, 30, had a son with his wife, fellow attorney Claire Comfort, 32, in 2013, he has “used his law license as a tool to threaten, bully and intimidate,” the judge ruled.
The West Village resident sued Comfort for divorce immediately after their first and only child was born.
In May 2014, Zappin scribbled, “You’re pathetic!” on a motion to a prior judge handling his divorce case, which was made public on Monday.
He also started a Web site taking to task the court-appointed attorney for his child, calling the lawyer, a fellow member of the New York bar, “a very sick and greedy woman.”