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Board docket number 121 DB 2019
Board docket number: 121 DB 2019
Court docket number: No. 2706 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: March 26, 2020
Keywords: Temporary Suspension - Rule 208(f)(1)
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Board docket number 7 DB 2020
Board docket number: 7 DB 2020
Court docket number: No. 2702 Disciplinary Docket No.
Date: March 26, 2020
Keywords: Temporary Suspension - Rule 208(f)(5)
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Board docket number 19 DB 2020
Board docket number: 19 DB 2020
Court docket number: No. 2697 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: March 24, 2020
Keywords: Disbarred Reciprocal with New Jersey
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Board docket number 9 DB 2020
Board docket number: 9 DB 2020
Court docket number: No. 2694 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: March 24, 2020
Keywords: Three Month Suspension Reciprocal with New Jersey
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Board docket number 11 DB 2020
Board docket number: 11 DB 2020
Court docket number: No. 2695 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: March 24, 2020
Keywords: Five Year Suspension Reciprocal with New Jersey
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Board docket number 10 DB 2020
Board docket number: 10 DB 2020
Court docket number: No. 2696 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: March 24, 2020
Keywords: Indefinite Suspension Reciprocal with Maryland
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Board docket number 5 DB 2020
Board docket number: 5 DB 2020
Court docket number: No. 2703 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: March 24, 2020
Keywords: Temporary Suspension - Rule 208(f)(5)
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Board docket number 240 DB 2018
Board docket number: 240 DB 2018
Court docket number: No. 2687 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: March 24, 2020
Keywords: Five year suspension; Misconduct in two client matters involving failure to act with competence and diligence; failure to reply to requests from client; deceit and misrepresentation; failure to refund unearned portion of fee; failure to fulfill condition of court-ordered probation; intimidating a third person; Prior discipline aggravates.
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Board docket number 192 DB 2019
Board docket number: 192 DB 2019
Court docket number: No. 2672 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: March 24, 2020
Keywords: Disbarred on Consent: Criminal conviction of Theft by Unlawful Taking, Access Device Fraud, Misapplication of Entrusted Property and Property of Governmental or Financial Institutions; Misappropriation of client funds.
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Board docket number 123 DB 2009
Board docket number: 123 DB 2009
Court docket number: 1658, 1663, and 1746 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: March 12, 2020
Keywords: Reinstatement denied from suspension; underlying misconduct consisted of client neglect in multiple matters; failed to present clear and convincing evidence that he addressed underlying psychological issues; outstanding debts and judgments not addressed.
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Board docket number 210 DB 2010
Board docket number: 210 DB 2010
Court docket number: 1668 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: March 12, 2020
Keywords: Reinstatement granted from suspension; underlying misconduct involved providing items of value to a judge, in violation of RPC 3.5; clear and convincing evidence of fitness to resume practice.
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Board docket number 174 DB 2019
Board docket number: 174 DB 2019
Court docket number: No. 2700 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: February 28, 2020
Keywords: Eighteen Month Suspension on Consent; Multi-year pattern of neglect and multiple misrepresentations to conceal neglect; Mitigating factors; Prior discipline.
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Board docket number 31 DB 2011
Board docket number: 31 DB 2011
Court docket number: No. 1714 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: February 28, 2020
Keywords: Reinstatement Denied from Disbarment based on criminal conduct consisting of mail and wire fraud conspiracy arising ouf of falsification of bank records and misappropriation; Deficient questionnaire; Burden not met.
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Board docket number 102 DB 2019-R
Board docket number: 102 DB 2019-R
Court docket number: No. 2627 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: February 28, 2020
Keywords: Reinstated to Inactive Status from Six Month Suspension
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Board docket number 151 DB 2017
Board docket number: 151 DB 2017
Court docket number: No. 2587 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: February 19, 2020
Keywords: Public Reprimand; Violated RPC 1.1, 1.6, 1.7, and 8.4; Misconduct in four client matters; Incompetence; Conflict of Interest; Revealed client confidences; Prejudiced the proper administration of justice in cases with significant personal and public effect; Lack of remorse; No prior discipline.
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Board docket number 166 DB 2017
Board docket number: 166 DB 2017
Court docket number: No. 2624 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: February 19, 2020
Keywords: One Year and One Day Suspension; Misrepresentations to Judge; Used his position as a public official to gain advantages over defendants and impact outcomes in favor of his office. Failed to recognize the severity of his transgressions and no remorse aggravates.
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Board docket number 225 DB 2018
Board docket number: 225 DB 2018
Court docket number: No. 2690 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: February 13, 2020
Keywords: Suspension for one year and one day; misconduct in three matters; failed to file Answer to Petition for Discipline; neglect; failure to communicate; failure to refund unearned fee; unauthorized practice of law after transfer to administrative suspension; failure to respond to disciplinary authorities; no prior discipline; RPC 1.3, 1.4; 1.16; 3.2; 5.5; 8.4; Pa.R.D.E. 203; 217.
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Board docket number 217 Db 2019
Board docket number: 217 Db 2019
Court docket number: No. 2699 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: February 13, 2020
Keywords: Disability Inactive Status
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Board docket number 89 DB 2019
Board docket number: 89 DB 2019
Court docket number: No. 2615 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: February 13, 2020
Keywords: REINSTATEMENT GRANTED FROM SIX MONTH SUSPENSION ON CONSENT
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Board docket number 197 DB 2019
Board docket number: 197 DB 2019
Court docket number: No. 2678 Disciplinary Docket No. 2
Date: February 13, 2020
Keywords: DISBARRED RECIPROCAL WITH MARYLAND
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Board docket number 6 DB 2020
Board docket number: 6 DB 2020
Court docket number: No. 2692 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: February 13, 2020
Keywords: Temporary Suspension - Rule 214
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Board docket number 99 DB 2018
Board docket number: 99 DB 2018
Court docket number: No. 2686 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: February 12, 2020
Keywords: One year and one day suspension; misconduct in four matters; incompetence; neglect; lack of communication; failure to return unearned fees; conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice; no prior discipline; accepted responsibility. RPC 1.1; 1.3; 1.4; 1.16(d); 8.4(d).
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Board docket number 25 DB 2020
Board docket number: 25 DB 2020
Court docket number: 00
Date: February 10, 2020
Keywords: Public Reprimand for violations of RPC 1.3, 1.4(a)(3)(b), 4.1(a), 8.1(a) and (b), 8.4(b),(c) and (d); Failure to communicate; False statement to disciplinary counsel; Fabricated a document in an effort to conceal misconduct; No prior discipline.
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Board docket number 212 DB 2019
Board docket number: 212 DB 2019
Court docket number: No. 2636 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: February 06, 2020
Keywords: Two Year Probation on Consent; Misconduct involving unlawful practice of law while administratively suspended; Failure to exercise diligence or appropriate communication; failure to provide written fee agreements; failure to hold Rule 1.15 funds in a separate account; failure to maintain records required by Rule 1.15(c); No prior discipline and other mitigating factors.
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Board docket number 20 DB 2020
Board docket number: 20 DB 2020
Court docket number: No. 2698 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: February 05, 2020
Keywords: Disbarred on Consent
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Board docket number 207 DB 2019
Board docket number: 207 DB 2019
Court docket number: No. 2683 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: February 05, 2020
Keywords: Disability Inactive Status
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Board docket number 216 DB 2019
Board docket number: 216 DB 2019
Court docket number: No. 2689 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: February 05, 2020
Keywords: Temporary Suspension - Rule 214
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Board docket number 203 DB 2019
Board docket number: 203 DB 2019
Court docket number: 2682 Disciplinary Docket No.3
Date: January 30, 2020
Keywords: Disbarred reciprocal with Maryland
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Board docket number 129 DB 2019
Board docket number: 129 DB 2019
Court docket number: No. 2634 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: January 27, 2020
Keywords: Disbarred on Consent; Criminal conviction of evasion of privacy, possession of an intercept device, conspiracy, criminal use of a communication device; false imprisonment, recklessly endangering another person and invasion of privacy.
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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; Criminal Conviction on one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. Remorse, character witnesses and no prior discipline mitigate.
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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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