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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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Board docket number 75 DB 2020
Board docket number: 75 DB 2020
Court docket number: No. 2724 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: May 27, 2020
Keywords: Disbarred on Consent
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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: May 27, 2020
Keywords: Two Year Suspension on Consent; Criminal conviction of harassment, Injury of children and intimidating, impeding, influencing or preventing the attendance of a witness; Mitigating factors.
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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: May 27, 2020
Keywords: Reinstatement to Inactive Status from six month suspension.
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Board docket number 43 DB 1999
Board docket number: 43 DB 1999
Court docket number: No. 642 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: May 26, 2020
Keywords: Reinstatement Granted from 1 year and 1 day suspension based on unauthorized practice of law. Sincere remorse, rehabilitation, competency, good character and learning in the law. Burden met.
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Board docket number 202 DB 2019
Board docket number: 202 DB 2019
Court docket number: 2718 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: May 22, 2020
Keywords: One Year and One Day Suspension on Consent; Failed to appear for the administration of an Informal Admonition; Remorse, cooperation, admission of rule violations and no prior discipline.
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Board docket number 26 DB 2020
Board docket number: 26 DB 2020
Court docket number: 2701 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: May 22, 2020
Keywords: Disbarred Reciprocal with New York
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Board docket number 69 DB 2020
Board docket number: 69 DB 2020
Court docket number: 2723 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: May 22, 2020
Keywords: Temporary Suspension- 214
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Board docket number 66 DB 2020
Board docket number: 66 DB 2020
Court docket number: No. 2721 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: May 14, 2020
Keywords: Disbarred on Consent
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Board docket number 40 DB 2020
Board docket number: 40 DB 2020
Court docket number: No. 2714 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: May 13, 2020
Keywords: Temporary Suspension - Rule 208(f)(5)
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Board docket number 57 DB 2020
Board docket number: 57 DB 2020
Court docket number: 00
Date: April 23, 2020
Keywords: Public Reprimand for violations of RPC 1.1, 1.3, 1.4, 1.16 and 8.4; Failure to advise client that he did not maintain professional insurance; Failure to communicate, Failure to respond to client's request for information; Misrepresentations to client; Prior Discipline for similar misconduct.

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Board docket number 158 DB 2017
Board docket number: 158 DB 2017
Court docket number: 2623 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: April 22, 2020
Keywords: Disbarred; Repeated instances of sexual contact with a client; Prohibited financial dealings; Filed meritless civil actions; Lack of remorse and failure to recognize the seriousness of his conflict of interest aggravate.
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Board docket number 239 DB 2018
Board docket number: 239 DB 2018
Court docket number: No. 2565 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: April 17, 2020
Keywords: Reinstatement Granted from One Year Suspension
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Board docket number 151 DB 2019
Board docket number: 151 DB 2019
Court docket number: No. 2646 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: April 17, 2020
Keywords: Disbarred on Consent; Criminal Conviction of eleven counts of sexual abuse of children and possession of child pornography.
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Board docket number 210 DB 2018
Board docket number: 210 DB 2018
Court docket number: 00
Date: April 15, 2020
Keywords: Public Reprimand for violations of RPC 1.15 and Pa.R.D.E. 219; Mismanagement of IOLTA account; Failure to keep required records; Failure to list certain accounts on annual attorney registration form; Accepted responsibility, took steps to avoid future misconduct; No prior discipline.
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Board docket number 211 DB 2019
Board docket number: 211 DB 2019
Court docket number: No. 2684 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: April 14, 2020
Keywords: Disbarred Reciprocal with New Jersey
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Board docket number 3 DB 2020
Board docket number: 3 DB 2020
Court docket number: No. 2712 Disciplinary Docket No. 3
Date: April 02, 2020
Keywords: One Year and One Day Suspension on Consent; Unauthorized practice of law while on administrative suspension; lack of diligence, competence and communication in the representation of clients; failure to respond to ODC'S inquiries or cooperate with disciplinary investigation; No prior, remorse and other mitigating factors.
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Board docket number 32 DB 2020
Board docket number: 32 DB 2020
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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