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Disciplinary Reporter Case Digest

Attorney ID 16887
Attorney Name Picciano, James R.
DBP Docket No. 7 DB 2000
Supreme Court Docket No. 546 D.D. No. 3
County Chester
Disciplinary Counsel Harold E. Ciampoli, Jr.
Counsel for Respondent Pro Se
Decision Date 2000-02-03
Effective Date 2000-03-05
Case Digest Respondent was disbarred by the Supreme Court of New Jersey by order dated June 18, 1999 for his knowing misappropriation of $4000 of trust funds. Respondent had represented to his client in a settlement statement that he was holding $5000 in escrow pending negotiation with a doctor for a reduction of the physicianís bill. Such representation was false because Respondent had put $4000 in his business account and spent the money for unrelated purposes. The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania directed Respondent to inform it why the imposition of identical or comparable discipline would be unwarranted. Respondent submitted his opposition to identical discipline and attempted to distinguish his case from one of knowingly misappropriating monies. ODC submitted a Reply to Respondentís opposition and contended that Respondent had not demonstrated, as required by Pa.R.D.E. 216( c ), that the imposition of identical/comparable discipline would be unwarranted. After consideration of the responses filed, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania ordered that Respondent be disbarred from the practice of law in Pennsylvania.
Rule Violation(s)
Discipline Imposed Disbarment
Points of Law
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