Auckland lawyer Chris Comeskey, who is suspended from practising law, says he's leaving the legal profession.
Mr Comeskey was suspended for nine months after pleading guilty in July to charges of professional misconduct and of overbilling the Legal Service Agency.
He says he has decided not to return to the criminal bar when the suspension comes to an end, but to work as a forensic crime consultant instead.
During his career Mr Comesky brokered the return of 96 war medals stolen from Waioru Army Museum.
He also represented several high-profile clients including Nai Yin Xue, who murdered his wife and abandoned their daughter at Melbourne Airport.