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Board docket number 8 DB 2020
Board docket number: 8 DB 2020
Court docket number: No. 2735 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: September 08, 2020
Keywords: On Consent One Year and One Day Suspension; Comingles fiduciary funds; Misrepresentations to ODC; Engaged in dishonest behavior; Cooperation and remorse mitigate; Prior discipline.
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Board docket number 119 DB 2020
Board docket number: 119 DB 2020
Court docket number: 00
Date: August 20, 2020
Keywords: Public Reprimand for violations of RPC 1.1, 1.3, and 8.4(d); Failure to provide competent representation and engaging in conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice by failure to enter his appearance and file a brief on behalf of his client in an appeal matter. Prior discipline aggravates.
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Board docket number 93 DB 2018
Board docket number: 93 DB 2018
Court docket number: No. 2493 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: August 17, 2020
Keywords: Five Year Suspension on Consent; Misappropriated $61,363.66 of entrusted funds in multiple client matters; Cooperation, Remorse, Restitution and no prior discipline.
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Board docket number 193 DB 2019
Board docket number: 193 DB 2019
Court docket number: No. 2739 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: August 10, 2020
Keywords: One Year and One Day Suspension on Consent; Habitual failure to protect client entrusted funds by failure to deposit and maintain them in his IOLTA; Engaged in serial misappropriation of entrusted funds and utilized those funds for uses other than their intended purposes; Failure to maintain records as required by RPC 1.15; Mitigating factors; Prior discipline.
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Board docket number 74 DB 2019
Board docket number: 74 DB 2019
Court docket number: No. 2732 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: August 10, 2020
Keywords: One Year Suspension; Criminal Conviction of Harassment based on intentional non-consensual touching of another; Aggravating factors; No prior discipline.
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Board docket number 28 DB 2016
Board docket number: 28 DB 2016
Court docket number: No. 2247 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: July 31, 2020
Keywords: Four Year Suspension on Consent; Misconduct in 11 client matters; Misrepresentations; Neglect; Fictitious documents; Utilized own funds for benefit of clients; No prior discipline and other mitigating factors.
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Board docket number 88 DB 2020
Board docket number: 88 DB 2020
Court docket number: No. 2691 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: July 27, 2020
Keywords: Six month Suspension on Consent followed by Probation; Guilty pleas to DUI and Reckless Endangerment; No prior discipline.
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Board docket number 56 DB 2019
Board docket number: 56 DB 2019
Court docket number: No. 2594 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: July 27, 2020
Keywords: 30 Month Suspension on Consent Retroactive to 5.1.2019; Criminal conviction of tax evasion; No prior discipline.
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Board docket number 67 DB 2019
Board docket number: 67 DB 2019
Court docket number: No. 2725 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: July 27, 2020
Keywords: Two Year Suspension; Engaged in multiple instances of neglect; failure to communicate with clients; abandoned clients by failing to provide them with updated contact information; failure to properly protect clients’ interests upon termination of representation by failing to return client property; failure to cooperate with disciplinary authorities; and failure to appear at the disciplinary hearing aggravates.

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Board docket number 62 DB 2020
Board docket number: 62 DB 2020
Court docket number: No. 2720 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: July 27, 2020
Keywords: Fiver Year Suspension Reciprocal with New Jersey
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Board docket number 106 DB 2020
Board docket number: 106 DB 2020
Court docket number: No. 2737 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: July 24, 2020
Keywords: Temporary Suspension - 208(f)(1)
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Board docket number 210 DB 2019
Board docket number: 210 DB 2019
Court docket number: No. 2685 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: July 20, 2020
Keywords: Reinstated from six month suspension.
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Board docket number 80 DB 2020
Board docket number: 80 DB 2020
Court docket number: No. 2729 Disciplinary Docket No.3
Date: July 15, 2020
Keywords: One year suspension on consent followed by probation; False statements; Misrepresentations; Failure to disclose material facts in connection with Bar admission applications; Engaged in conduct that was prejudicial to the administration of justice; No prior discipline and other mitigating factors.
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Board docket number 70 DB 2020
Board docket number: 70 DB 2020
Court docket number: No. 2722 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: July 13, 2020
Keywords: Temporary Suspension-Rule 214
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Board docket number 72 DB 2019
Board docket number: 72 DB 2019
Court docket number: No. 2695 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: July 13, 2020
Keywords: Disbarred; Engaged in criminal conduct; Filed a frivolous federal civil rights lawsuit and fraudulent tax documents; Engaged in the unauthorized practice of law while on administrative suspension; Failure to cooperate with Petitioner’s investigation, failure to accept responsibility, defiant attitude and prior discipline aggravate.
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Board docket number 2, 109 & 212 DB 2019
Board docket number: 2, 109 & 212 DB 2019
Court docket number: Nos. 13 and 14 IDE
Date: July 08, 2020
Keywords: Transferred to Administrative Suspension status pursuant to Pa.R.D.E. 219(l).
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Board docket number 83 DB 2020
Board docket number: 83 DB 2020
Court docket number: No. 2726 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: July 08, 2020
Keywords: TEMPORARY SUSPENSION - RULE 214
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Board docket number 90 DB 2020
Board docket number: 90 DB 2020
Court docket number: 2733 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: July 07, 2020
Keywords: Disbarred on Consent
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Board docket number 49 DB 2011
Board docket number: 49 DB 2011
Court docket number: No. 1738 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: July 06, 2020
Keywords: Reinstatement granted from two year suspension; Accepted responsibility; remorse; character letters; witness testimony; community service; burden met.
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Board docket number 112 DB 2013
Board docket number: 112 DB 2013
Court docket number: No. 2179 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: July 06, 2020
Keywords: Reinstatement Granted from three year suspension on consent; accepted responsibility for actions; demonstrated sincere remorse; rehabilitation; community support; burden met.
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Board docket number 5 DB 2017
Board docket number: 5 DB 2017
Court docket number: No. 2361 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: July 06, 2020
Keywords: Disbarred; Ethical violations in seven client matters, some involving multiple clients; failure to produce records; unauthorized practice of law following temporary suspension; misappropriation of client funds; dishonesty; no prior discipline.
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Board docket number 147 DB 2018
Board docket number: 147 DB 2018
Court docket number: No. 2709 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: June 29, 2020
Keywords: Six month suspension; Respondent engaged in misconduct in two client matters; Altered records received in response to a subpoena; Failure to comply with multiple court orders and decrees; No prior discipline.
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Board docket number 61 DB 2020
Board docket number: 61 DB 2020
Court docket number: No. 2719 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: June 26, 2020
Keywords: Disbarred Reciprocal with New Jersey
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Board docket number 153 DB 2019
Board docket number: 153 DB 2019
Court docket number: No. 2647 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: June 25, 2020
Keywords: Three-Year Suspension on Consent; Misconduct in 13 client matters involving neglect; settling cases w/out obtaining consent of client; failure to communicate; misrepresentations; No prior discipline and other mitigating factors.
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Board docket number 50 DB 2016
Board docket number: 50 DB 2016
Court docket number: No. 2260 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: June 22, 2020
Keywords: /Four Year Suspension on Consent Retroactive to 04/08/2016; Criminal conviction of Insider Trading and Making False Statements to Authorities; No prior discipline and other mitigating factors.
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Board docket number 87 DB 2020
Board docket number: 87 DB 2020
Court docket number: No. 2728 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: June 18, 2020
Keywords: Temporary Suspension - Rule 214
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Board docket number 52 DB 2018
Board docket number: 52 DB 2018
Court docket number: No. 2487 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: June 18, 2020
Keywords: Disbarred; Engaged in the unlawful practice of law while on administrative suspension; Failure to respond to RTSC issued by the Disciplinary Board; Uncooperative with ODC; Failed to return unearned fees; Failure to participate in disciplinary proceeding and similar misconduct aggravate.
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Board docket number 54 DB2020
Board docket number: 54 DB2020
Court docket number: No. 2727 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: June 15, 2020
Keywords: Disbarred on Consent; Engaged in the unauthorized practice of law while on Administrative Suspension status; Failure to respond to requests for information; Misrepresentation on Attorney Registration form. No prior discipline.
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Board docket number 55 DB 2020
Board docket number: 55 DB 2020
Court docket number: No. 2713 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: June 11, 2020
Keywords: Two Year Suspension Reciprocal with New Jersey
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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: June 11, 2020
Keywords: Disbarred on Consent; Criminal conviction of one count of Mail Fraud in the US District Court for the Eastern District of PA based on scheme to steal numerous personal injury cases and other legal matters from his law firm over a ten year period resulting in approximately $4.2 million loss to his firm.
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Board docket number 56 DB 2020
Board docket number: 56 DB 2020
Court docket number: No. 2715 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: June 11, 2020
Keywords: Temporary Suspension - Rule 214
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Board docket number 77 DB 2020
Board docket number: 77 DB 2020
Court docket number: 00
Date: June 05, 2020
Keywords: Public Reprimand on Consent; Violation of RPC’s 1.1, 1.2, 1.4, 1.6, 3.6 & 8.4; Conducted an interview with the news media and provided a recorded video confession without obtaining informed consent from his client and prior to his client’s scheduled guilty plea; Incompetence; lack of communication; breached confidentiality; prejudiced the proper administration of justice; No prior discipline and character letters from the legal community mitigate.
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Board docket number 42 DB 2019
Board docket number: 42 DB 2019
Court docket number: No. 2708 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: June 05, 2020
Keywords: One Year and One Day Suspension; Misconduct in one client matter involving failure to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing his client; failure to keep his client reasonably informed about the status of a case; failure to promptly comply with reasonable requests for information; failure to communicate his fee; failure to hold client funds separate; failure to maintain records of client funds; failure to deposit funds into a trust account; failure to return an unearned fee; engaged in misrepresentations; and failure to respond to Petitioner’s requests for information; Prior discipline.
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Board docket number 45 DB 2019
Board docket number: 45 DB 2019
Court docket number: 2710 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: June 03, 2020
Keywords: Disbarred; Misappropriation of client funds; Misrepresentations intended to conceal misconduct; Forgery; Failure to participate in disciplinary proceedings and failure to accept responsibility aggravate. No prior discipline.
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Board docket number 248 DB 2018
Board docket number: 248 DB 2018
Court docket number: No. 2704 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: May 29, 2020
Keywords: Two Year Suspension; multiple instances of neglect; failure to communicate with clients; failure to properly protect clients’ interests upon termination of representation by failing to refund unearned fees and failing to return client property; misrepresented the status of a client’s case to the client; prejudiced the administration of justice; and failure to respond to requests for information from disciplinary authorities; Prior discipline aggravates.
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Board docket number 46 DB 2020
Board docket number: 46 DB 2020
Court docket number: No. 2711 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: May 29, 2020
Keywords: Three Month Suspension Reciprocal with New Jersey
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Board docket number 36 DB 2019
Board docket number: 36 DB 2019
Court docket number: No. 2707 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: May 29, 2020
Keywords: One Year and One Day Suspension; Unauthorized practice of law while on administrative suspension status; Prior discipline and failure to participate in disciplinary proceedings aggravate.
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