Disciplinary Reporter Case Digest

Attorney ID 29194
Attorney Name Buffington, John V.
DBP Docket No. 45 DB 2004
Supreme Court Docket No. 1050 DD No. 3
County Philadelphia
Disciplinary Counsel Barbara S. Rosenberg
Counsel for Respondent None
Decision Date 2006-09-20
Effective Date 2006-10-20
Case Digest Respondent was transferred to inactive status in July 1999 for failure to comply with Continuing Legal Education requirements, and thereafter he held himself out as an attorney, provided legal advice to three clients, sat as an arbitrator, appeared in court and participated in a real estate settlement as attorney-in-fact. He did not or comply with Pa.R.D.E. 217 or desist from these activities despite a subsequent reminder from the Disciplinary Board. Because of limited time frame and activities, HC and DBoard recommended 6 mo. suspension, which was imposed. (However, as Respondent has been inactive for more than three years, he will have to petition for reinstatement.)
Rule Violation(s) RPC 5.5(b), 7.1(a), 8.4(b0, 8.4(d); (Pa.R.D.E. 203(b)(3), 217(c), (d), (e) and (j)
Discipline Imposed Six month suspension.
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