Disciplinary Reporter Case Digest

Attorney ID 22741
Attorney Name Schofield III, Frederick S.
DBP Docket No. 25 DB 1997
Supreme Court Docket No. No. 289, DD No. 3
County Bucks
Disciplinary Counsel Alan J. Davis
Counsel for Respondent James C. Schwartzman
Decision Date 2004-06-29
Effective Date 2004-06-29
Case Digest Petitioner was admitted to both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. An audit revealed that in six personal injury cases, he had withdrawn his fees before the settlement funds had cleared or been received in the account. He was Disbarred on Consent in New Jersey and reciprocally disbarred in Pennsylvania. Petitioner presented evidence that he has been successfully employed as a writer and real estate agent. Petitioner has been an alcoholic and his witnesses testified as to his current sobriety. The Board concluded that his conduct did not involve the conversion of funds and that he met all the other requirements to warrant reinstatement, including a “qualitative period of rehabilitation.”
Rule Violation(s) None
Discipline Imposed Reinstated
Points of Law Even though Petitioner could not seek reinstatement in New Jersey, “he is permitted to seek reinstatement in Pennsylvania, as this jurisdiction’s rules do not mandate an identical discipline.”
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