If you are a regular viewer of “Fox Rochester” — it’s our Fox affiliate on cable television here in Prince Edward Island even though it’s a thousand miles away — you’ll recognize the name of the law firm Cellino & Barnes as they have been heavy advertisers. A “personal injury” law firm, their ads were of the “you’ve been run over by a bus — we’ll help you get your money” variety.
And if you’ve really been paying attention, you’ll have noticed that in recent days the ads have changed: gone are “Cellino & Barnes,” replaced by “The Barnes Firm.” Cellino is nowhere to be seen.
Business First of Buffalo reports:
The decision of the Appellate Division, 4th Department, of New York State Supreme Court confirmed widespread speculation that the two personal-injury attorneys, partners in Cellino & Barnes PC, were the subject of a disciplinary investigation brought by the 8th Judicial District Attorney Grievance Committee.
The big news was that Cellino has had his legal license suspended for six months and Barnes was censured by the court — serious, public consequences for the two lawyers but a far cry from the disbarment that many observers, casual and otherwise, were predicting for one or both of them.
And later in the same story:
The most immediate impact of the court’s decision to temporarily revoke Cellino’s license is the removal of Cellino’s name and image from all firm communications, including its letterhead and the more than 100 Cellino & Barnes billboard ads that line roadways around Buffalo, Rochester and Erie, Pa. As of Wednesday, radio ads for newly christened The Barnes Firm were running in place of Cellino & Barnes spots.
So now you know.