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Disciplinary Reporter Case Digest

Attorney ID 81787
Attorney Name Bernardino, Jose Victor
DBP Docket No. 70 DB 2005
Supreme Court Docket No. 1206 DD No. 3
County Philadelphia
Disciplinary Counsel Barbara S. Rosenberg
Counsel for Respondent Carol Ann Sweeney
Decision Date 2006-12-13
Effective Date 2007-01-13
Case Digest While employed by a law firm as a full-time associate, Respondent utilized firm resources to provide services to non-firm clients during time when he was responsible for performing services to the firm, directed firm and non-firm clients and obligors of such clients to remit fees and proceeds to him directly rather than to the firm, and failed to reveal to the firm that he had received fees for such services and to remit to the firm those fees for apportionment of the amount due to him. Respondent also used a name different from that on his attorney registration records. Conditions included restitution of $17,500 to the firm, dismissal with prejudice of lawsuit filed against the firm, and execution of mutual releases.
Rule Violation(s) RPC 1.15(a), RPC 1.15(b), RPC 1.15(c), RPC 8.4(c), and Pa.R.D.E. 219(d)
Discipline Imposed One year suspension with conditions
Points of Law
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