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Disciplinary Reporter Case Digest

Attorney ID 49384
Attorney Name LeBon, Raymond T.
DBP Docket No. 115 DB 2000
Supreme Court Docket No. 718 D.D. No. 3
County Philadelphia
Disciplinary Counsel Raymond S. Wierciszewski
Counsel for Respondent Leonard A. Sloane
Decision Date 2002-01-31
Effective Date 2002-03-02
Case Digest Respondent directed a client to pay an outstanding legal bill in the amount of $5,895.23 by issuing a check payable to Respondent, not Respondent’s law firm. Respondent did not give the funds to his firm, but converted them to his personal use. After the firm learned of the misconduct, Respondent made restitution and resigned from the firm. Respondent reported his misconduct to the Disciplinary Board and stipulated that his misconduct warranted a suspension from the practice of law. Respondent had no prior record of discipline. He cooperated fully in the disciplinary process and waived a number of procedural rights. In recommending that Respondent be suspended for one year, the Disciplinary Board found that Respondent had presented “extremely strong character evidence” from “a wide spectrum of witnesses.” Upon consideration of the Disciplinary Board’s Report and Recommendation, the Supreme Court entered an order suspending Respondent for one year.
Rule Violation(s) 1.15(a), 1.15(b), 8.4(b) and 8.4(c)
Discipline Imposed One Year Suspension
Points of Law A lawyer’s conversion of funds from his law firm is no less egregious than a lawyer’s conversion of client funds. A period of suspension is the appropriate discipline for an attorney who converts money from his law firm.
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