Disciplinary Reporter Case Digest

Attorney ID 55765
Attorney Name Feinman, Jeffrey Brian
DBP Docket No. 157 DB 2005
Supreme Court Docket No. 1298 DD No. 3
County Montgomery
Disciplinary Counsel Barbara S. Rosenberg
Counsel for Respondent James C. Schwartzman
Decision Date 2007-12-03
Effective Date 2008-01-02
Case Digest During a period commencing no later than November 2004 and continuing through at least November 2005, Respondent engaged in a pattern of misconduct involving his handling of fiduciary funds. Among other things, Respondent failed to promptly advise clients and third parties of his receipt of funds in which they had an interest, failed to promptly deliver (and in some cases completely failed to deliver) funds to client and third parties who were entitled to the funds, deducted costs in excess of his actual costs, withdrew funds from his IOLTA that he was required to hold inviolate for others, withdrew fees and costs attributable to cases for which proceeds had not yet been received thereby drawing on funds due to other clients, and failed to maintain in his IOLTA sufficient balances to support all fiduciary entrustments at all times. Respondent, who had no prior record of discipline, admitted his misconduct, cooperated with ODC, agreed that he should be suspended from the practice of law and made restitution as determined by ODC.
Rule Violation(s) RPC 1.8(h), 1.8(h)(1), 1.15(a), 1.15(b), 1.15(d), 1.15(g), 8.4(a), 8.4(c), 8.4(d),
Discipline Imposed Suspension for two years.
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