Disciplinary Reporter Case Digest

Attorney ID 45882
Attorney Name Hudak, Joseph Edward
DBP Docket No. 148 & 174 DB 2003
Supreme Court Docket No. 852 DD No. 3
County Allegheny
Disciplinary Counsel Richard Levine; Samuel Napoli
Counsel for Respondent Thomas R. Ceraso
Decision Date 2005-03-01
Effective Date 2005-03-01
Case Digest Respondent engaged in a pattern of misconduct, including lack of diligence in representing clients, failure to adequately communicate with his clients, failure to return unearned fees, and making misrepresentations.
Rule Violation(s) 1.3, 1.4(a), 1.16(d), and 8.4(c)
Discipline Imposed Suspension of 1 year and 1 day, with credit for 4 months served on temporary suspension.
Points of Law "Nonrefundable" fees still must be refunded if unearned. Attorney must communicate with a client through family members, if that is the client's chosen method of communication.
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