Disciplinary Reporter Case Digest

Attorney ID 68464
Attorney Name Rodney, Wayne Anthony
DBP Docket No. 118 DB 2000
Supreme Court Docket No. 743 D.D. No. 3
County Philadelphia
Disciplinary Counsel Gloria R. Ammons
Counsel for Respondent Pro Se
Decision Date 2002-06-13
Effective Date
Case Digest By order dated November 14, 1997, effective December 15, 1997, Respondent was transferred to inactive status for failing to meet his Pa.R.C.L.E. requirements. By order dated December 3, 1997, effective January 2, 1998, Respondent was transferred to inactive status for failure to pay his annual assessment. Respondent received transfer Orders and was aware that he was prohibited from practicing law while on inactive status. During the term of inactive status, Respondent continued to represent clients and entered his appearance in three matters in state court. In November 1999, Disciplinary Counsel advised Respondent that he had to comply with Rule 217, Pa.R.D.E. Respondent informed Disciplinary Counsel that he would withdraw from all state court matters and provide copies to Disciplinary Counsel. Respondent did not withdraw from the cases, did not advise the Court or opposing counsel of his inactive status and did not provide copies to Disciplinary Counsel. Thereafter, Respondent was put on notice of allegations of unauthorized practice and related misconduct by Letter Requesting Statement of Respondentís Position (DB-7). Respondent received that letter. After Respondent received the DB-7, he continued to represent a client in one matter and failed to withdraw his appearance. In another matter, Respondent failed to represent the client with diligence, failed to communicate with the client, failed to provide an accounting, failed to promptly return the retainer and failed to return property belonging to the client. The Board majority determined that Respondent be subjected to a Private Reprimand. Four members of the Board dissented and would recommend a three-month suspension. Two members dissented and would recommend a six-month suspension. The Office of Disciplinary Counsel filed a Petition for Allowance of Appeal with the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. By order dated June 13, 2002, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania granted the Petition for Allowance of Appeal and suspended Respondent from the practice of law in this Commonwealth for a period of one year and one day.
Rule Violation(s) 203(b), 203(b)(3) via 217(b), (c) and (d); 1.3, 1.4(a), 1.4(b), 1.5(b), 1.15(b), 1.16(a)(1), 1.16(d), 5.5(b), 7.l(a), 7.5(a), 7.5(b), 8.4(b), 8.4(c) and 8.4(d)
Discipline Imposed One Year & One Day Suspension
Points of Law
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