||RPC 1.1, 1.3, 1.4(a), 1.4(a)(3), 1.4(a)(5), 1.5(b), 1.15(a), 1.15(b), 1.15(h),1.16(a)(1), 1.16(d), 5.5(a), 7.1, 8.4(c), 8.4(d), Pa.R.D.E. 217(b), 217(c)(2), 217(d), 217(e), 217(j), 219(d)(1)(iii), 221(f), 221(g) and New Jersey Rule of Court R. 1:21-1(a).
|Points of Law
||Respondent engaged in multiple acts of misconduct. Respondent engaged in the unauthorized practice of law when he practiced law while on inactive status in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Respondent neglected client matters, failing to adequately communicate with his clients and keep them informed about their matters. In addition, Respondent failed to utilize written fee agreements as required. Respondent failed to properly hold entrusted funds. For example, Respondent failed to utilize either an IOLTA or escrow account, and regularly co-mingled his own funds with his clients. In one case, Respondent failed to pay a medical provider despite having given that provider a letter of protection. The funds were not repaid until Office of Disciplinary Counsel contacted Respondent.