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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 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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Board docket number 46 DB 2019
Board docket number: 46 DB 2019
Court docket number: No. 2644 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: September 20, 2019
Keywords: One year and One Day Suspension on Consent; Serial neglect of clients; Failure to communicate; Failure to return unearned fees; Failure to take steps to remedy the neglect; Admission of allegations, cooperation and remorse mitigate; Prior discipline aggravates.
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Board docket number 139 DB 2019
Board docket number: 139 DB 2019
Court docket number: 2639 Disciplinary Docket 3
Date: September 18, 2019
Keywords: Six Month Suspension Reciprocal with New York
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Board docket number 127 DB 2019
Board docket number: 127 DB 2019
Court docket number: No. 2632 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: September 09, 2019
Keywords: 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: September 09, 2019
Keywords: Temporary Suspension - Rule 208(f)
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Board docket number 143 DB 2019
Board docket number: 143 DB 2019
Court docket number: No. 2638Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: September 06, 2019
Keywords: Temporary Suspension - Rule 208(f)(1)
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Board docket number 1 DB 2019
Board docket number: 1 DB 2019
Court docket number: No. 2645 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: September 03, 2019
Keywords: Disability Inactive Status - Rule 301
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Board docket number 131 DB 2018
Board docket number: 131 DB 2018
Court docket number: No. 2520 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: September 03, 2019
Keywords: Disbarment on consent: Failure to hold client funds separate from his own property; Failure to deliver funds owed; Misappropriation of client funds and false statements to conceal misappropriation.
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Board docket number 150 DB 2019
Board docket number: 150 DB 2019
Court docket number: 00
Date: August 23, 2019
Keywords: Public Reprimand for violations of RPC's 4.1(a), 8.4(a), 8.4(b) and 8.4(c); Fabricated documents and made false representations in capacity as Notary Public; No prior discipline.
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Board docket number 142 DB 2019
Board docket number: 142 DB 2019
Court docket number: 00
Date: August 23, 2019
Keywords: Public Reprimand for violations of RPC 1.7(a)(2), 1.7(b), 1.8(a), 1.15(e), 7.1, 8.4(c) and 8.4(d); Failure to explain to her clients that prior counsel would likely seek payment of unpaid fees in the event they recovered a settlement; Failure to clarify with the court the proper calculation of fee distribution once prior counsel's charging lien was established by court order; Failure to adhere to multiple court orders regarding disbursements of settlement funds, which resulted in the issuance of a contempt order against her that assessed legal fees in excess of $14,000 against her. No prior discipline.
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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: August 23, 2019
Keywords: Temporary Suspension - Rule 208(f)(5)
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Board docket number 144 DB 2019
Board docket number: 144 DB 2019
Court docket number: 00
Date: August 21, 2019
Keywords: Public Reprimand on Consent for violations of RPC 8.4(b) and Pa.R.D.E. 203(b)(1); Criminal conviction of two counts of willful failure to file return, supply information, or pay tax; Remorse, restitution, cooperation and no prior discipline mitigate.
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Board docket number 57 DB 2019
Board docket number: 57 DB 2019
Court docket number: No. 2635 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: August 14, 2019
Keywords: Temporary Suspension - Rule 208(f)(5)
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Board docket number 111 DB 2019
Board docket number: 111 DB 2019
Court docket number: No. 2625 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: August 06, 2019
Keywords: Six Month Suspension Reciprocal with New Jersey
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Board docket number 138 DB 2019
Board docket number: 138 DB 2019
Court docket number: 00
Date: August 02, 2019
Keywords: Public Reprimand on Consent for violations of RPC 1.1, 1.3, 1.4(a)(3) and 1.4(a)(4), 1.4(b), 1.15(b), and 1.16(d); Mismanagement of IOLTA account resulting from poor record keeping; Neglect and failure to communicate in several client matters; Cooperation, remorse and other mitigating factors.
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Board docket number 122 DB 2019
Board docket number: 122 DB 2019
Court docket number: No. 2630 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: August 02, 2019
Keywords: Temporary Suspension - Rule 208(f)(1)
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Board docket number 137 DB 2019
Board docket number: 137 DB 2019
Court docket number: 2637 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: August 01, 2019
Keywords: Temporary Suspension-Rule 214
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Board docket number 134 DB 2017
Board docket number: 134 DB 2017
Court docket number: 2486 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: August 01, 2019
Keywords: Immediate Reinstatement from One Year Suspension on Consent
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Board docket number 127 DB 2017
Board docket number: 127 DB 2017
Court docket number: No. 2591 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: July 30, 2019
Keywords: Disbarred; Engaged in misconduct in six separate client matters; Neglect; Failure to communicate; Failure to provide competent representation; Failure to return unearned fees; Failure to acknowledge misconduct or accept responsibility, no remorse and no character evidence aggravate.
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Board docket number 112 DB 2019
Board docket number: 112 DB 2019
Court docket number: No. 2626 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: July 30, 2019
Keywords: Temporary Suspension - Criminal Conviction - Rule 214
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Board docket number 204 DB 2018
Board docket number: 204 DB 2018
Court docket number: 00
Date: July 25, 2019
Keywords: Public Reprimand on Consent for violations of RPC 5.5(a) and 8.4(d) and Pa.R.D.E. 203(b)(3), 217(b), 217(c)(2), 217(j)(3) and (4) and 217(e)(1); Engaged in unauthorized practice of law while on administrative suspension status by representing juveniles in Philadelphia Family Court; Cooperation, remorse and no prior discipline mitigate.
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Board docket number 113 DB 2016
Board docket number: 113 DB 2016
Court docket number: No. 2618 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: July 25, 2019
Keywords: Two Year Suspension; Failure to appear for Public Reprimand based on unauthorized practice of law while on administrative suspension; Failure to accept responsibility or demonstrate remorse and other aggravating factors.
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Board docket number 77 DB 2010
Board docket number: 77 DB 2010
Court docket number: No. 1783 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: July 22, 2019
Keywords: Reinstatement Granted from Three Year Suspension based on misappropriation of client funds and neglecting the matters of a client; Rehabilitation, remorse and character witnesses; Burden met.
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Board docket number 197 DB 2012
Board docket number: 197 DB 2012
Court docket number: No. 1932 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: July 22, 2019
Keywords: Reinstatement Granted from Disbarment on Consent based on misappropriation of client funds; Qualitative period of disbarment; Accepted responsibility; Community service; Burden met.
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Board docket number 215 DB 2015
Board docket number: 215 DB 2015
Court docket number: No. 2192 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: July 18, 2019
Keywords: Terms of Probation Modified
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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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