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Board docket number 190 DB 2018
Board docket number: 190 DB 2018
Court docket number: No. 2675 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: January 23, 2020
Keywords: One Year and One Day Suspension; Engaged in pattern of misconduct in three separate matters; pervasive misconduct; lack of credibility and false testimony; failure to accept responsibility; continued failure to comply with court order; disregard for disciplinary proceedings aggravates.
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Board docket number 197 DB 2018
Board docket number: 197 DB 2018
Court docket number: No. 2677 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: January 23, 2020
Keywords: One Year and One Day Suspension; Engaged in professional misconduct in three separate matters; neglect; mishandling IOLTA account; failure to hold entrusted funds properly; failure to refund unearned fees; unauthorized practice of law while suspended; failure to file answer, no remorse and prior discipline aggravate.
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Board docket number 75 DB 2015
Board docket number: 75 DB 2015
Court docket number: No. 2190 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: January 21, 2020
Keywords: Reinstatement Granted from three year suspension based on misappropriation of $75, 575.21 of entrusted funds from an estate; Remorse, restitution, character witnesses, rehabilitation; Burden met.
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Board docket number 7 DB 2013
Board docket number: 7 DB 2013
Court docket number: No. 1912 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: January 21, 2020
Keywords: Reinstatement Granted from five year suspension based on criminal convictions of misapplication of entrusted funds and two counts of willful failure to file tax returns; Rehabilitation, remorse, character witnesses, burden met.
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Board docket number 210 DB 2019
Board docket number: 210 DB 2019
Court docket number: 2685 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: January 16, 2020
Keywords: Six months suspension, reciprocal with Ohio.
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Board docket number 198 DB 2019
Board docket number: 198 DB 2019
Court docket number: 2679 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: January 16, 2020
Keywords: One year and one day suspension, reciprocal with Virginia.
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Board docket number 207 DB 2016
Board docket number: 207 DB 2016
Court docket number: No. 2654 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: January 13, 2020
Keywords: Three Year Suspension; Engaged in a pattern of repeated misconduct over a four year period in four separate client matters; neglect; mishandled fees; failed to appear for court dates; lack of diligence; failure to communicate; no prior discipline.
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Board docket number 191 DB 2017
Board docket number: 191 DB 2017
Court docket number: No. 2430 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: January 02, 2020
Keywords: TWO YEAR SUSPENSION RETROACTIVE TO DECEMBER 21, 2017
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Board docket number 191 DB 2019
Board docket number: 191 DB 2019
Court docket number: No. 2671 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: December 30, 2019
Keywords: Temporary Suspension - Criminal Conviction
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Board docket number 206 DB 2016
Board docket number: 206 DB 2016
Court docket number: No. 2649 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: December 19, 2019
Keywords: Five Year Suspension; Repeated false assertions against judges and opposing counsel; Failure to accept responsibility and demonstrate remorse, Resisting proper authority, Poor advocacy, Procured misleading statement from witness, Similar misconduct in other tribunal and other aggravating factors. No prior discipline.
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Board docket number 52 DB 2019
Board docket number: 52 DB 2019
Court docket number: No. 2593 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: December 12, 2019
Keywords: Disbarred on Consent; Criminal conviction of Mail Fraud; Engaged in a fraudulent scheme to obtain financial recoveries from product manufacturers and class action settlement funds for his own benefit, causing losses to numerous victims of approximately $3.4 million.
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Board docket number 83 DB 2018
Board docket number: 83 DB 2018
Court docket number: No. 2652 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: December 11, 2019
Keywords: Two Year Suspension; False statements to a Court; False statements to disciplinary authority; Prior discipline, failure to accept responsibility and lack of remorse aggravate.
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Board docket number 178 DB 2019
Board docket number: 178 DB 2019
Court docket number: No. 2662 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: December 06, 2019
Keywords: Disbarred
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Board docket number 189 DB 2019
Board docket number: 189 DB 2019
Court docket number: No. 2670 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: December 04, 2019
Keywords: Two Year Suspension on Consent Reciprocal with New York
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Board docket number 34 DB 2017
Board docket number: 34 DB 2017
Court docket number: No. 2362 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: December 04, 2019
Keywords: Disbarred on Consent; Criminal conviction of money laundering, witness tampering and obstruction of official proceedings in connection with his activities on behalf of a drug trafficking organization; Sentenced to 42 months in prison.
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Board docket number 104 DB 2009
Board docket number: 104 DB 2009
Court docket number: No. 1507 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: December 03, 2019
Keywords: Reinstatement Granted from Three Year Suspension on Consent; Remorse; Rehabilitation; Character Witnesses; Burden met.
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Board docket number 7 DB 2014
Board docket number: 7 DB 2014
Court docket number: No. 2028 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: December 03, 2019
Keywords: Reinstatement Granted from Two and a half year Suspension on Consent; Character witnesses; Remorse; Burden met.
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Board docket number 47 DB 2018
Board docket number: 47 DB 2018
Court docket number: No. 2460 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: December 03, 2019
Keywords: Five Year Suspension on Consent; Criminal conviction of Making False Statements; Remorse, cooperation, admission of engaging in misconduct and no prior discipline mitigate.
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Board docket number 42 DB 2018
Board docket number: 42 DB 2018
Court docket number: No. 2458 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: December 03, 2019
Keywords: Four Year Suspension on Consent; Criminal conviction of tax evasion; Restitution paid, character witnesses, admission of wrong doing, remorse and no prior discipline mitigate.
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Board docket number 66 DB 2017
Board docket number: 66 DB 2017
Court docket number: 2656 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: November 26, 2019
Keywords: Nine Month Suspension and Fifteen Month Probation; Misconduct in 13 client matters including failure to hold client funds separate; failure to promptly deliver funds to clients and third parties; failure to promptly distribute funds; failure to properly maintain an IOLTA account; engaged in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation; and failure to disclose on his attorney registration form all accounts holding entrusted funds; Remorse, cooperation, character evidence, restitution, no prior discipline, community service
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Board docket number 53 DB 2019
Board docket number: 53 DB 2019
Court docket number: 2666 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: November 26, 2019
Keywords: THREE YEAR SUSPENSION ON CONSENT
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Board docket number 182 DB 2019
Board docket number: 182 DB 2019
Court docket number: 2664 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: November 26, 2019
Keywords: Temporary Suspension
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Board docket number 195 DB 2019
Board docket number: 195 DB 2019
Court docket number: No. 2674 Disciplinary Docket 3
Date: November 22, 2019
Keywords: Temporary Suspension
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Board docket number 149 DB 2018
Board docket number: 149 DB 2018
Court docket number: No. 2653 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: November 15, 2019
Keywords: Disbarred; Engaged in the unauthorized practice of law; Failure to respond to a client's request for return of property and unearned fees; Failure to respond to Petitioner's requests for information; Failure to participate in the disciplinary process aggravates.
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Board docket number 215 DB 2015
Board docket number: 215 DB 2015
Court docket number: No. 9 IDE
Date: November 12, 2019
Keywords: Transferred to Administrative Suspension status pursuant to Pa.R.D.E. 219(l).
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Board docket number 204 DB 2018
Board docket number: 204 DB 2018
Court docket number: No. 10 IDE
Date: November 12, 2019
Keywords: Transferred to Administrative Suspension status pursuant to Pa.R.D.E,. 219(l).
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Board docket number 187 DB 2019
Board docket number: 187 DB 2019
Court docket number: No. 2669 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: November 08, 2019
Keywords: Temporary Suspension on Consent - Rule 214
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Board docket number 186 DB 2019
Board docket number: 186 DB 2019
Court docket number: No. 2668 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: November 08, 2019
Keywords: Disbarred on Consent
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Board docket number 157 Db 2019
Board docket number: 157 Db 2019
Court docket number: No. 2650 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: November 08, 2019
Keywords: One Year Suspension Reciprocal with New Jersey
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Board docket number 180 DB 2019
Board docket number: 180 DB 2019
Court docket number: 00
Date: November 06, 2019
Keywords: Public Reprimand ordered for violations of RPC 1.1, 3.1, and 8.4(d). Filed frivolous pleadings resulting in sanctions being levied against his client. Prior discipline aggravates.
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Board docket number 175 DB 2019
Board docket number: 175 DB 2019
Court docket number: No. 2658 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: November 06, 2019
Keywords: Emergency Temporary Suspension - Rule 208(f)(1)
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Board docket number 33 DB 2019
Board docket number: 33 DB 2019
Court docket number: No. 2582 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: November 04, 2019
Keywords: Reinstatement granted from six month suspension on consent - Return to Administrative Suspension status
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Board docket number 114 DB 2011
Board docket number: 114 DB 2011
Court docket number: No. 2663 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: November 01, 2019
Keywords: Disbarred on Consent; Criminal convictions on multiple public corruption charges including extortion, bribery and racketeering.
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Board docket number 124 DB 2019
Board docket number: 124 DB 2019
Court docket number: No. 2631 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: October 31, 2019
Keywords: Six Month Suspension Reciprocal with New Jersey.
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Board docket number 142 DB 2018
Board docket number: 142 DB 2018
Court docket number: No. 2651 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: October 31, 2019
Keywords: Disbarred; Engaged in the unlawful practice of law while on Administrative Suspension; Failure to respond to ODC’s request for information; Failure to participate in the disciplinary proceedings aggravate.
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Board docket number 179 DB 2019
Board docket number: 179 DB 2019
Court docket number: No. 2659 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: October 21, 2019
Keywords: One Year and One Day Suspension Reciprocal with Delaware
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Board docket number 25 DB 2018
Board docket number: 25 DB 2018
Court docket number: No. 2449 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: October 21, 2019
Keywords: Five Year Suspension on Consent; Guilty pleas to Honest Services Wire Fraud and Mail Fraud involving political corruption by rigging contracts for clients of his business consulting firm in exchange for contributions to certain elected officials; Cooperation and no prior discipline mitigate.
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Board docket number 104 DB 2019
Board docket number: 104 DB 2019
Court docket number: No. 2657 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: October 21, 2019
Keywords: One Year and One Day Suspension on Consent; Lack of competence; lack of diligence; contemptuous conduct; and failure to respond to ODC's inquiries; Acceptance of responsibility, no prior discipline and other mitigating factors.
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Board docket number 177 DB 2019
Board docket number: 177 DB 2019
Court docket number: No. 2660 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: October 18, 2019
Keywords: Disbarred on Consent
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Board docket number 119 DB 2019
Board docket number: 119 DB 2019
Court docket number: No. 2629 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: October 08, 2019
Keywords: Disbarred Reciprocal with New Jersey
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Board docket number 109 DB 2019
Board docket number: 109 DB 2019
Court docket number: No. 2636 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: October 03, 2019
Keywords: Order of Temporary Suspension Dissolved
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Board docket number 159 DB 2019
Board docket number: 159 DB 2019
Court docket number: 00
Date: October 02, 2019
Keywords: Public Reprimand on Consent; Criminal conviction of Harassment and Disorderly Conduct after making unwanted and inappropriate advances toward female colleagues while intoxicated; Sincere remorse, cooperation and no prior discipline.
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Board docket number 26 DB 2012
Board docket number: 26 DB 2012
Court docket number: No. 1843 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: October 01, 2019
Keywords: Disbarment on Consent; Criminal convictions of Mail Fraud by Elected Public Official, Aiding and Abetting, Conspiracy to Defraud the United States and Filing a False Tax Return; Participated in “Kids for Cash” scandal while serving as President Judge of Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas by accepting kickbacks in exchange for funneling juvenile defendants to for-profit detention centers.
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Board docket number 187 DB 2016
Board docket number: 187 DB 2016
Court docket number: No. 2326 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: October 01, 2019
Keywords: Five Year Suspension retroactive to 12/7/2016; Criminal convictions of two counts of false statements in connection with a case-fixing scandal by lying to the FBI while serving as a Municipal Court Judge. Cooperation, acceptance of responsibility, character witnesses and no prior discipline mitigate.
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Board docket number 151 DB 2019
Board docket number: 151 DB 2019
Court docket number: No. 2646 Disciplinary Docket 3
Date: September 26, 2019
Keywords: Temporary Suspension-Rule 214
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