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Board docket number 129 DB 2019
Board docket number: 129 DB 2019
Court docket number: 2634 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: July 18, 2019
Keywords: Temporary Suspension Rule 214(d)(5)
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Board docket number 130 DB 2019
Board docket number: 130 DB 2019
Court docket number: 2633 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: July 18, 2019
Keywords: Disability Inactive Status
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Board docket number 97 DB 2019
Board docket number: 97 DB 2019
Court docket number: 2611 Disciplinary Docket No.3
Date: July 18, 2019
Keywords: Disbarred Reciprocal with New York
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Board docket number 29 DB 2017
Board docket number: 29 DB 2017
Court docket number: No. 2359 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: July 15, 2019
Keywords: Disbarred on Consent; Criminal conviction of 16 counts of willful failure to pay over withheld employment taxes in the United States District Court for Western District of PA; Sentenced to 48 months of imprisonment on each count to be served concurrently and three years supervised release; Mandatory assessment, fines and restitution ordered.
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Board docket number 106 DB 2019
Board docket number: 106 DB 2019
Court docket number: No. 2621 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: July 11, 2019
Keywords: Temporary Suspension - Rule 208(f)
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Board docket number 197 DB 2016
Board docket number: 197 DB 2016
Court docket number: No. 2597 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: July 09, 2019
Keywords: One Year and One Day Suspension; Misconduct in seven client matters involving lack of competence; lack of diligence; failure to communicate; failure to return client files; conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice; Lack of remorse and failure to present character evidence aggravate.
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Board docket number 49 DB 2017
Board docket number: 49 DB 2017
Court docket number: No. 2370 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: July 08, 2019
Keywords: Disbarred on Consent; Plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut.
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Board docket number 125 DB 2019
Board docket number: 125 DB 2019
Court docket number: No. 2628 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: July 03, 2019
Keywords: Disability Inactive Status
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Board docket number 73 DB 2019
Board docket number: 73 DB 2019
Court docket number: No. 2622 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: July 03, 2019
Keywords: Six Month Suspension on Consent; Engaged in the unauthorized practice of law while on Administrative Suspension status; Self-reported misconduct; Cooperation, remorse and no prior discipline.
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Board docket number 102 DB 2019
Board docket number: 102 DB 2019
Court docket number: No. 2627 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: July 03, 2019
Keywords: Six Month Suspension on Consent; Engaged in the unauthorized practice of law while on Inactive status. Remorse, cooperation and no prior discipline.
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Board docket number 103 DB 2019
Board docket number: 103 DB 2019
Court docket number: No. 2620 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: July 03, 2019
Keywords: Temporary Suspension - Criminal Conviction
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Board docket number 69 DB 2019
Board docket number: 69 DB 2019
Court docket number: No. 2614 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: July 01, 2019
Keywords: Two Year Stayed Suspension and One Year Probation on Consent; Failure to maintain and produce complete required documentation of the receipt, maintenance, and disposition of Rule 1.15 funds; Corrective action, cooperation, remorse and no prior discipline.
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Board docket number 196 DB 2017
Board docket number: 196 DB 2017
Court docket number: No. 2603 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: July 01, 2019
Keywords: Three Year Suspension; Misconduct in five client matters; Neglect; Failure to account for and refund unearned fees; Conflict of interest; Failure to properly handle client funds; Engaged in unauthorized practice of law; Filed false compliance statement; Submitted altered document to ODC and failed to pay employment taxes; Failure to accept responsibility for actions and to demonstrate remorse aggravate.
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Board docket number 11 DB 2019
Board docket number: 11 DB 2019
Court docket number: No. 2617 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: July 01, 2019
Keywords: Two Year Suspension on Consent; Lack of diligence; Lack of competence; Failure to communicate; Failure to maintain client accounts and refund unearned fees; Breach of duty to his former clients; Remorse and no prior discipline.
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Board docket number 188 DB 2017
Board docket number: 188 DB 2017
Court docket number: 00
Date: June 28, 2019
Keywords: Public Reprimand; Failure to deposit entrusted funds into a trust account; Failure to hold entrusted funds separate from his own; Failure to list business account on Attorney Registration form; Prior discipline and no remorse aggravate.
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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: June 27, 2019
Keywords: Six months Suspension on Consent; Neglect of clients and failure to communicate; Aggravating and mitigating factors.
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Board docket number 156 DB 2018
Board docket number: 156 DB 2018
Court docket number: No. 2607 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: June 27, 2019
Keywords: Six Month Suspension on Consent; Engaged in the unauthorized practice of law and law related activities while working as in-house counsel for numerous court filings in PA; Remorse, cooperation and no prior discipline in NY where she is admitted.
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Board docket number 34 DB 2019
Board docket number: 34 DB 2019
Court docket number: No. 2581 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: June 24, 2019
Keywords: Disbarred on Consent; Criminal Conviction of conspiracy to commit to offense or to defraud the United States; unlawful campaign contributions; false campaign reports; false statements; contributions in the name of another; obstruction of a pending agency proceeding.
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Board docket number 29 DB 2018
Board docket number: 29 DB 2018
Court docket number: No. 2596 Disciplinary Docket 3
Date: June 20, 2019
Keywords: Disbarred; Misappropriation of client funds in the amount of $95,192.47; Engaged in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation by trying to conceal the misappropriation; Failure to express remorse, prior discipline for similar misconduct and fiscal irresponsibility aggravate.
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Board docket number 236 DB 2018
Board docket number: 236 DB 2018
Court docket number: No. 2610 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: June 20, 2019
Keywords: One Year and One Day Suspension on Consent; Misconduct in two separate matters; Filed a frivolous pleading and was ultimately held in contempt for violating a court order; Failed to maintain proper financial records; Failure to cooperate with disciplinary counsel aggravate; Belated cooperation and no prior discipline mitigate.
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Board docket number 224 DB 2018
Board docket number: 224 DB 2018
Court docket number: No. 2613 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: June 13, 2019
Keywords: Disbarred on Consent
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Board docket number 243 DB 2018
Board docket number: 243 DB 2018
Court docket number: 00
Date: June 07, 2019
Keywords: Public Reprimand with Two Year Probation with Sobriety Monitor; Criminal Conviction of DUI; Unauthorized practice of law while on administrative suspension; No prior discipline; Reprimand to be scheduled.
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Board docket number 43 DB 2019
Board docket number: 43 DB 2019
Court docket number: No. 2600 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: June 07, 2019
Keywords: Temporary Suspension - Rule 208(f)(5)
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Board docket number 68 DB 2019
Board docket number: 68 DB 2019
Court docket number: No. 2605 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: June 07, 2019
Keywords: Six month suspension on consent; Unauthorized practice of law while on Inactive Status over a 5 year period.; Remorse, cooperation and no prior discipline.
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Board docket number 12 DB 2019
Board docket number: 12 DB 2019
Court docket number: No. 2570 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: May 30, 2019
Keywords: Disbarred on Consent; Criminal Conviction of six counts of Obstructing Administration of Law and four counts of Official Oppression.
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Board docket number 91 DB 2019
Board docket number: 91 DB 2019
Court docket number: No. 2609 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: May 28, 2019
Keywords: Disbarment on Consent
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Board docket number 199 DB 2018
Board docket number: 199 DB 2018
Court docket number: No. 2599 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: May 24, 2019
Keywords: Five Year Suspension on Consent; Failed to safeguard client funds; Commingled client funds with personal funds; Neglect; Failure to communicate; Failed to respond to clients requests for updates and misrepresented the status of their matters; Engaged in the unlawful practice of law after being administratively suspended; Misrepresentations when seeking to return to active status; Mitigating factors warrant a five year suspension rather than disbarment.
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Board docket number 38 DB 2016
Board docket number: 38 DB 2016
Court docket number: No, 2254 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: May 24, 2019
Keywords: Three Year Suspension on Consent; Misappropriation of fiduciary funds and misuse of funds belonging to his former law firm; No prior discipline and other mitigating factors.
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Board docket number 175 DB 2018
Board docket number: 175 DB 2018
Court docket number: No. 2606 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: May 20, 2019
Keywords: Two Year Suspension on Consent; Unauthorized practice of law in three client matters while on Disability Inactive Status. Mitigating factors.
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Board docket number 174 DB 2018
Board docket number: 174 DB 2018
Court docket number: No. 2598 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: May 20, 2019
Keywords: 18 Month Suspension on Consent; Failed to properly supervise and assisted two attorneys who were ineligible to practice law in the unauthorized practice of law; Mitigating factors.
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Board docket number 51 DB 2019
Board docket number: 51 DB 2019
Court docket number: No. 2592 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: May 17, 2019
Keywords: One Year Suspension Reciprocal with New Jersey
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Board docket number 93 DB 2019
Board docket number: 93 DB 2019
Court docket number: 00
Date: May 16, 2019
Keywords: Public Reprimand - to be scheduled
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Board docket number 88 DB 2019
Board docket number: 88 DB 2019
Court docket number: 00
Date: May 14, 2019
Keywords: Public Reprimand to be scheduled
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Board docket number 87 DB 2019
Board docket number: 87 DB 2019
Court docket number: 2608 Disciplinary Docket No.3
Date: May 13, 2019
Keywords: Temporarily Suspended-Rule 214
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Board docket number 15 DB 2017
Board docket number: 15 DB 2017
Court docket number: No. 2343 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: May 08, 2019
Keywords: One Year and One Day Suspension; Failed to Appear for Public Reprimand; Conviction of Direct Criminal Contempt; Failure to report conviction; Remorse and no prior discipline mitigate.
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Board docket number 137 DB 2018
Board docket number: 137 DB 2018
Court docket number: No. 2556 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: May 08, 2019
Keywords: 30 Month Suspension on Consent; Unlawful practice of law in 30 security offerings; Failed to respond to ODC's request for statement of position; No prior discipline, admission of misconduct, cooperation and remorse mitigate.
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Board docket number 70 DB 2019
Board docket number: 70 DB 2019
Court docket number: No. 2601 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: May 07, 2019
Keywords: Disability Inactive Status Reciprocal with Delaware
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Board docket number 120 DB 2018
Board docket number: 120 DB 2018
Court docket number: 00
Date: May 03, 2019
Keywords: Public Reprimand on Consent; Violated RPC's 1.3, 1.4(a)(3), 1.5, 1.15(b), 1.15(e), 1.15(i), 1.16(d) and 3.2; Misappropriation of client funds; Neglect; Failure to promptly refund unearned fees; No prior discipline and other mitigating factors.
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Board docket number 74 DB 2017
Board docket number: 74 DB 2017
Court docket number: No. 2381 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: May 02, 2019
Keywords: Five Year Suspension on Consent; Guilty Pleas to Murder 1st Degree/with a deadly weapon/Attempt & two counts of Criminal Mischief; Sincere remorse, dedication to maintaining psychological health through medication and therapy, cooperation and no prior discipline mitigate.
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Board docket number 3 DB 2016
Board docket number: 3 DB 2016
Court docket number: No. 2237 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: May 02, 2019
Keywords: Five Year Suspension on Consent; Guilty Plea to Conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud involving political corruption in the award of a municipal contract to campaign donors of an elected official; Remorse, Cooperation and no prior discipline mitigate.
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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: May 01, 2019
Keywords: Temporary Suspension - Rule 214(d)(2)
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Board docket number 66 DB 2019
Board docket number: 66 DB 2019
Court docket number: 00
Date: April 25, 2019
Keywords: Public Reprimand - to be scheduled
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Board docket number 96 DB 2016
Board docket number: 96 DB 2016
Court docket number: No. 2559 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: April 25, 2019
Keywords: Five Year Suspension; Misconduct in two client matters; Filed actions on behalf of clients that he was not competent to undertake, that lacked factual bases, and that were not warranted by existing law; Prior discipline, lack of remorse, wasted resources and prejudice to the administration of justice aggravate.
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Board docket number 35 DB 2019
Board docket number: 35 DB 2019
Court docket number: No. 2602 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: April 23, 2019
Keywords: Disbarred on Consent; Unauthorized practice while Suspended; Misrepresentations on Statement of Compliance; Failed to file annual fee forms; Failed to respond to letters of inquiry; Prior discipline.
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Board docket number 18 DB 2019
Board docket number: 18 DB 2019
Court docket number: No. 2575 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: April 17, 2019
Keywords: Disbarred Reciprocal with Texas
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Board docket number 171 DB 2018
Board docket number: 171 DB 2018
Court docket number: 2589 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: April 15, 2019
Keywords: Two year suspension on consent; lack of competence, lack of diligence and lack of communication in numerous bankruptcy matters; dishonesty and misrepresentations to clients; failure to hold fiduciary funds in a trust account; conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice; no prior discipline; demonstration of remorse and acceptance of responsibility
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Board docket number 23 DB 2019
Board docket number: 23 DB 2019
Court docket number: 2583 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: April 15, 2019
Keywords: One year and one day suspension on consent; misappropriation of client funds; mishandling of disputed funds; no prior discipline
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Board docket number 125 DB 2004
Board docket number: 125 DB 2004
Court docket number: 966 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: April 09, 2019
Keywords: Reinstatement Denied from Disbarment on Consent based on criminal convictions of Conspiracy to Defraud the United States, 4 counts of Money Laundering and 159 counts of Fraud and Misuse of Visa/Permits; Denied by Supreme Court based on parties' responses to Court's rule to show cause issued upon Court's concerns; nature of conduct leading to conviction; failure to repay stolen funds; refusal to explain inner-workings of criminal scheme; no evidence of qualitative period of rehabilitation
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Board docket number 185 DB 2018
Board docket number: 185 DB 2018
Court docket number: 2585 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: April 09, 2019
Keywords:
One year and one day suspension on consent; misconduct while serving as a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge; intervening in the judicial process; seeking to influence a Judge; failure to disclose inappropriate communication; false statements during investigation; assisting a Judge in conduct that violates Rules of Judicial Conduct; failure to report judicial misconduct
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Board docket number 195 DB 2018
Board docket number: 195 DB 2018
Court docket number: 2586 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: April 09, 2019
Keywords: One year and one day suspension on consent; inappropriate communications in multiple matters as a Judge in the Municipal Court of Philadelphia; failure to recuse from matters where impartiality was questionable; failure to disclose inappropriate communication; conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice, assisting a Judge in conduct that violates Rules of Judicial Conduct; failure to report judicial misconduct
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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: April 04, 2019
Keywords: Immediate Temporary Suspension on Consent - Rule 208(f)(1)
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Board docket number 34 DB 2019
Board docket number: 34 DB 2019
Court docket number: No. 2581 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: April 01, 2019
Keywords: Temporary Suspension after having been convicted in the USDCEDPA of conspiracy to commit offense or defraud the United States, causing unlawful campaign contributions, causing false campaign reports, causing false statements, making contributions in the name of another and obstruction of a pending agency proceeding.
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Board docket number 25 DB 2019
Board docket number: 25 DB 2019
Court docket number: No. 2577 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: March 29, 2019
Keywords: Temporary Suspension - Rule 214
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Board docket number 13 DB 2019
Board docket number: 13 DB 2019
Court docket number: No. 2571 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: March 29, 2019
Keywords: Disbarred Reciprocal with District of Columbia Court of Appeals
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Board docket number 56 DB 2018
Board docket number: 56 DB 2018
Court docket number: No. 2541 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: March 22, 2019
Keywords: Five Year Suspension on Consent; Conversion of estate funds for personal use; excessive fees; violated fiduciary duties to the estate beneficiary; engaged in conflicts of interest and self-dealing; Mitigating factors.
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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: March 22, 2019
Keywords: Six month suspension on consent: Unauthorized practice of law while on Administrative Suspension for failure to comply with CLE over a four year period; Remorse, cooperation and no prior discipline mitigate.
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Board docket number 17 DB 2019
Board docket number: 17 DB 2019
Court docket number: No. 2590 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: March 22, 2019
Keywords: Disbarred on Consent after criminal conviction of 2 counts of perjury, 2 counts of False Swearing, 2 counts of Obstructing Administration of Law, Conspiracy to Obstruct Administration of Law, Official Oppression, and Conspiracy to Commit Official Oppression to Deny Rights in the Montgomery County Court of Pleas.
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