Disciplinary Reporter Case Digest

Attorney ID 36621
Attorney Name Giba, Paul R.
DBP Docket No. 52 DB 2003
Supreme Court Docket No. 1021 DD No. 3
County Allegheny
Disciplinary Counsel Samuel F. Napoli
Counsel for Respondent Richard H. Lindner
Decision Date 2005-06-16
Effective Date 2005-07-16
Case Digest Over a period of almost three years, Respondent misappropriated entrusted funds. On numerous occasions, his trust account was deficient by over $100,000 and by a maximum of $175,659.63. It was found that there were mitigating circumstances in Respondent's major depression, which was found to be "a substantial cause of his misconduct."
Rule Violation(s) 1.15(a) and 8.4(c)
Discipline Imposed Two year suspension
Points of Law In the absence of compelling mitigating factors, the systematic misappropriation of entrusted funds warrants disbarment.
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