Son of noted lawyer Kindlon faces impersonation charges
NEW YORK The bipolar son of a prominent Albany defense attorney remains in a New York City jail after denying charges he practiced law without a license and falsely filed legal papers while illegally representing a criminal.
Terence Kindlon Jr., 42, was indicted on three felony counts of offering a false instrument for filing and two misdemeanor counts of unauthorized practice of law this week. He was arraigned in state Supreme Court and jailed on $150,000 cash bail or $300,000 bond.
Kindlon is the eldest son of defense attorney Terence Kindlon. The father has been involved in a number of high-profile cases throughout the Capital Region, including that of Christopher Porco, who was later convicted of killing his father and maiming his mother with an ax.
The younger Kindlon represented a defendant at an arraignment on a criminal mischief charge in New York County Criminal Court in June and again in late November. He also filed an affirmation of actual engagement, falsely claiming he could not be present in Manhattan to represent the defendant in September because he was representing another client on a civil case pending in Staten Island.
“Simply put, it is a crime to practice law without a license,” Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said in a statement. “The rules governing lawyers exist to protect those in need of competent representation before our courts. This defendant was an imposter who abused the trust of his purported clients for his own financial gain.”
Kindlon, who was already facing burglary charges, was previously a candidate for participation in the Manhattan Mental Health Court. The program is a dedicated court providing oversight and treatment to eligible defendants with mental illness.
In order to qualify, defendants must plead guilty and agree to treatment before entering the program. As part of Kindlon’s application for acceptance into the Manhattan Mental Health Court program, he agreed to attend meetings and provide proof of his attendance. But in an effort to prove his attendance, Kindlon allegedly faxed a sign-in sheet he fabricated, prosecutors said.
He is being represented by acclaimed defense attorney Stacey Richman.
The elder Kindlon said his son is a bit of an enigma. He attended law school but never graduated; later, he got permission to take the bar exam and passed.
Despite his son’s high intelligence, Kindlon said his son has suffered “profound mental health issues” throughout his life. He said his son is bipolar and delusional, something he believes prosecutors should have realized before seeking the indictment.
“Clearly, his psychosis is what really needs to be dealt with,” Kindlon said of his son.
Kindlon said his family remains supportive of his son. He lamented that the mental health problems resulted in serious charges and bail he considers excessive for someone who is ill.
“It’s a tragic situation, but we’re behind him 100 percent,” he said.