Disabled combat veteran John “Jack” Cunningham brought allegations of legal malpractice charges and attorney ethics violations against the law firm Maynard and Truland, which had represented him during a court action two years previously. Jack's allegations included gross negligence, dubious billing practices, misstatements to the Court, coming to court unprepared, etc. Evidence that Jack submitted included the law firm’s own invoices, their contract, attorney certifications, court filed letters, documents, and sworn statements.
Robert Correale, an attorney with Maynard and Truland, represented his law firm in Jack’s legal malpractice grievance in Superior Court. At the time, Jack learned that Correale was serving on the extremely influential, New Jersey Supreme Court’s local, attorney ethics committee of District X. Correale was listed on Maynard & Truland’s own website that he was the vice-chairman of this Supreme Court committee. The current director of this powerful state agency admits Correale was a member of District X, but denies Correale was vice-chairman. (To this day, someone still is trying to lie.)
Against the objections of Robert Correale, Sussex County Superior Court Judge Ronald Graves determined that the evidence presented by Jack Cunningham warranted the civil case be brought to the Superior Court Law Division for pursuit of damages.
When Jack brought the case there, the Superior Court’s transcript containing Judge Graves determination was unexplainably missing. Jack’s civil case was later dismissed for lack of merit. A later investigation by Cunningham's state senator, the Superior Court of New Jersey, which lost the transcript, could not provide an explanation as to how a court transcript from within its own courthouse had disappeared as if in a puff of smoke.
When Jack brought attorney ethics allegations against the law firm, Maynard & Truland and Robert Correale to the New Jersey Supreme Court’s Office of Attorney Ethics, senior staff insisted that Correale’s own committee must carry out the investigation against him and his law firm.
After months of Jack's persistent inquiries, the Office's senior staff finally admitted to the conflict of interest and an investigation was launched by a different Supreme Court District committee. Correale and a second attorney from the firm were required to present sworn certifications. A third attorney was allowed a pass. The senior law partner of Maynard and Truland wrote a cover letter to accompany these documents.
Jack’s review found misleading and vague statements throughout the sworn documents and its cover letter. Within two weeks of Jack’s questioning the sworn certifications as being fraudulent, Robert Correale resigned his Supreme Court position, fifteen months before his term was set to expire.
However, seven months after resigning, Correale and his firm, Maynard and Truland, were cleared of all ethics allegations by the Office of Attorney Ethics. The perjury-filled sworn certifications have never been addressed despite Jack having written to three consecutive Governors, Attorney Generals, and multiple Supreme Court and Superior Court judges requesting an investigation.
All attempts by Jack to bring state and federal criminal charges against Robert Correale, the firm Maynard & Truland and those in state government who are shielding them, have failed.
Now the State of New Jersey states that the statute of limitations is in play, but Jack Cunningham will not give up. He learned that since there is government fraud involved, there is NO statute of limitations.
He still wants to bring Maynard & Truland, Robert Correale and all those state government officials, who have protected them, to justice.