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Disciplinary Reporter Case Digest

Attorney ID 28090
Attorney Name Baron, Bruce Gaynor
DBP Docket No. 35 DB 1991
Supreme Court Docket No. 943 DD No. 2
County Dauphin
Disciplinary Counsel Frank Dougherty
Counsel for Respondent Robert B. Hoffman
Decision Date 2006-12-27
Effective Date 2006-12-27
Case Digest Petitioner for reinstatement was disbarred by order of October 13, 1993, for having converted $10,642.80 from a patient account of a bankrupt nursing home when the Petitioner had control of the account as a result of his employment as a staff attorney for the PA Department of Public Welfare. Petitionerís misconduct was determined not to be so egregious as to preclude consideration of his reinstatement under the requirement as first set forth in ODC v. Keller, 506 A.2d 872 (Pa. 1986). During his disbarment the Petitioner worked for a law firm, for an insurance company, and most recently for several years as a paralegal and research coordinator for a firm that practiced primarily in the area of the Petitionerís expertise when he worked for DPW. Petitioner was properly supervised and did not have inappropriate contact with clients or others in legal matters in which he was involved and intended to remain with this firm if reinstated. Petitioner met his CLE requirements. Petitioner was found by the Hearing Committee and the Disciplinary Board to have demonstrated by clear and convincing evidence that pursuant to the mandates of Pa.R.D.E. 218(c)(3)(i) that he has the moral qualifications, competency and learning in the law required for readmission and that his resumption of practice would be neither detrimental to the integrity and standing of the bar and administration of justice nor subversive of the public interest. The Court accepted the Boardís recommendation for reinstatement.
Rule Violation(s) NA
Discipline Imposed Reinstatement granted
Points of Law A petitioner for reinstatement from a disbarment may be readmitted to practice if the requirements of Keller and Pa.R.D.E. 218(c)(3)(i) are met.
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