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Disciplinary Reporter Case Digest

Attorney ID 16070
Attorney Name Lord, John Anthony
DBP Docket No. 149 DB 1995 and 48 DB 1998
Supreme Court Docket No. 432 DD No. 3
County Philadelphia
Disciplinary Counsel Barbara S. Rosenberg
Counsel for Respondent John Rogers Carroll
Decision Date 2006-07-31
Effective Date 2006-07-31
Case Digest Petitioner was suspended in December 1997, for a period of one year and one day, based upon dishonest conduct in connection with his practice of law, based upon his alteration of time and billing records to reflect that he had performed services which had been per¬formed by others or which had not been provided at all, and he utilized travel expenses paid for by the firm for his personal travel, resulting in overbilling to clients. After his suspension, Petitioner failed to comply with Supreme Court Rules requiring notification to clients and others of his suspension and ineligibility to practice law, continued to engage in the practice of law, and misrepresented to a court that he was not suspended and to his firm that he had not appeared before that court. After notification of these allegations by Office of Disciplinary Counsel, Petitioner was disbarred on consent in June 1998. In October 1998, Petitioner engaged in dishonest conduct in connection with an employment form submitted to the New York Stock Exchange, in which he falsely denied that his license to practice law had ever been revoked or suspended. When Petitioner decided to petition for reinstatement in 2003, he consulted a forensic psychologist, who rec-ommended that Petitioner consider whether he was an alcoholic, at which time Petitioner commenced a program of recovery. Petitioner produced evidence that he was successfully progressing in his recovery. The Board held that twenty-one months of sobriety was sufficient to demonstrate qualitative rehabilitation.
Rule Violation(s)
Discipline Imposed Reinstatement granted
Points of Law “There is mandatory time that a recovering petition must endure in order to show rehabilitation” for reinstatement from disbarment.
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