Disciplinary Reporter Case Digest

Attorney ID 19412
Attorney Name Perrone, William James
DBP Docket No. 74 DB 1993
Supreme Court Docket No. 959 D.D. No. 2
County Chester
Disciplinary Counsel Harold E. Ciampoli, Jr.
Counsel for Respondent James C. Schwartzman
Decision Date 2001-07-17
Effective Date 2001-07-17
Case Digest Perrone was disbarred from the practice of law retroactive to September 1,1993 based upon his criminal conviction for theft by deception, tampering with public records or information, securing execution of documents by deception and unsworn falsification to authorities. Perrone’s misconduct arose from his filing of false and misleading fee petitions with the City of Philadelphia in his capacity as court appointed criminal defender. In December 1997 Perrone petitioned the Court to be reinstated to the practice of law. The Court initially examined Perrone's misconduct. From 1990 to 1992, Perrone submitted 254 fee petitions requested payment for legal services provided to indigent defendants. Each petition contained a notarized affidavit the fact averred were true. An investigation into his fee petitions revealed that Perrone had actually billed for more that 40 hours a day for three separate days, 24 hours per day on 85 separate days, and more that 18 hours per day on 140 days. After such review, the court stated that Perrone’s misconduct was not so deplorable that he can never be reinstated to the bar. However, the Court concluded that an insufficient amount of time (eight years) had passed to dissipate the detrimental impact of his misconduct on the public trust. The Court also found that Perrone had not performed an acceptable amount of community service. The Court emphasized that Perrone knowingly engineered a systematic scheme to defraud the City. His misconduct was aggravated by Perrone’s false swearing and the fact that it was committed in his capacity as a court-appointed public defender.
Rule Violation(s)
Discipline Imposed Reinstatement denied
Points of Law Published Opinion at 777 A.2d 413 (Pa. 2001)
Report/Opinion not available