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Disciplinary Reporter Case Digest

Attorney ID 2685
Attorney Name Brown, Donald
DBP Docket No. 134 DB 2005
Supreme Court Docket No. 1217 DD No. 3
County Montgomery
Disciplinary Counsel Ramona Mariani
Counsel for Respondent None
Decision Date 2007-03-13
Effective Date 2007-04-12
Case Digest By Report and Recommendation dated November 21, 2006, the Disciplinary Board recommended that Respondent be suspended for one year and one day as a result of having engaged in the unauthorized practice of law. Respondent failed to take CLE for over three years or remit the annual attorney fee. During that time Respondent continued to practice law and hold himself out as a practicing lawyer. The Board found Respondentís claim not to have notice of his transfer to inactive status incredible. His misconduct was further aggravated by his failure to take responsibility for his actions, continued practice of law even after disciplinary charges were filed, contemptuous attitude toward the disciplinary process and failure to show any remorse whatsoever. By Order dated March 13, 2007, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania suspended Respondent for one year and one day.
Rule Violation(s) 1.16(a), 5.5(b), 7.1(a), 8.4(c), 8.4(d), Pa.R.D.E. 203(b)(3), 217(b), 217(c)(2), 217(d), 217(e)(1), 217(e)(2), 217(j)(4)(iv), 217(j)(4)(v), 217(j)(4)(vi), 217(j)(4)(vii), 217(j)(4)(ix) and 217(j)(4)(x).
Discipline Imposed Suspension of one year and one day
Points of Law Unauthorized practice of law coupled with Respondentís contemptuous attitude warranted suspension of one year and one day.
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