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Disciplinary Reporter Case Digest

Attorney ID 0
Attorney Name Anonymous,
DBP Docket No. 86 DB 2003
Supreme Court Docket No.
County
Disciplinary Counsel Gloria R. Ammons
Counsel for Respondent James C. Schwartzman
Decision Date 2005-03-11
Effective Date 0000-00-00
Case Digest Respondent failed to provide five clients with appropriate representation in that Respondent allowed his clientsí cases to be dismissed because of his failures to file documents or take other actions that were directed by the court or called for by the court rules. Respondent failed to inform his clients of adverse orders entered against them or of the dismissals of their cases. In one matter, Respondent determined how much money the client wanted to settle his case for and then deposited the money from Respondentís own funds into the firmís account and made distribution to the client and the firm as though the case had been settled properly. Respondent claimed that his misconduct was causally connected to his mental disorder thus entitling him to Braun mitigation. The Board did not find Braun mitigation but found other mitigating circumstances. The Board recommended a stayed suspension of one year with a one year period of probation with conditions. By Order dated March 11, 2005, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania suspended Respondent for a period of one year, stayed in its entirety and placed Respondent on probation for one year, subject to conditions.
Rule Violation(s) RPC 1.1; RPC 1.3;RPC 1.4; RPC 1.4(b); RPC 3.2; RPC 8.4(c)
Discipline Imposed Stayed Suspension of one a year w/one year probation w/conditions.
Points of Law
Report/Opinion not available