Disciplinary Reporter Case Digest

Attorney ID 37951
Attorney Name Goldman, Howard
DBP Docket No. 157 DB 2003
Supreme Court Docket No. 1040 DD No. 3
County Philadelphia
Disciplinary Counsel Harriet R. Brumberg
Counsel for Respondent James C. Schwartzman
Decision Date 2005-08-30
Effective Date 2005-09-29
Case Digest During a four-year time frame, attorney failed to act with reasonable diligence and communicate in four client matters. Attorney made misrepresentations to disguise his inaction in two of these matters. Mitigating factors included: attorney’s admission to most of his wrongdoing; expression of remorse; no record of prior discipline; domestic and health problems; and reimbursement of unearned fee to his clients.
Rule Violation(s) RPC: 1.1; 1.3; 1.4(a); 1.4(b); 1.5(b); 1.16(d); 3.2; 8.4(c); and 8.4(d)
Discipline Imposed Suspension for one year and one day
Points of Law Hearing Committee’s recommendation of a practice monitor not appropriate where conduct involved misrepresentations to client because this is not the kind of problem that a monitor can deter. Attorney found to be fully aware of correct steps to take and chose to take shortcuts. Totality of circumstances demonstrate that attorney is not fit and must file a reinstatement petition to prove his future fitness.
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