Disciplinary Reporter Case Digest

Attorney ID 34032
Attorney Name Renfroe, Patricia AKA Patty M. A/K/A Michelle
DBP Docket No. 122 DB 2004
Supreme Court Docket No. 1066 DDNo. 3
County Philadelphia
Disciplinary Counsel Harold E. Ciampoli, Jr.
Counsel for Respondent Robert Arnold Wilson
Decision Date 2005-11-01
Effective Date 2005-12-01
Case Digest Respondent represented a minor, John Witherspoon, in a personal injury matter. Respondent settled the matter for $300,000 and deposited the proceeds in her IOLTA. She then transferred Witherspoonís funds into a custodial account for which she was the custodian. Respondent was obligated to disburse to Witherspoon a minimum of $155,702 when he turned 18. Instead of delivering the funds to Mr. Witherspoon, Respondent misappropriated the money by transferring it to her personal savings account. Respondent then affirmatively impeded Mr. Witherspoonís attempts to retrieve his funds by not cooperating in an interpleader action commenced by Respondentís Bank. The Supreme Court by order of November 1, 2005 concurred with the recommendation of the Hearing Committee and the Board and disbarred Respondent.
Rule Violation(s) RPC 1.4(a) and (b);1.15(a),(b) and (c) ; 8.4(b)(c) and (d)
Discipline Imposed Disbarment
Points of Law
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