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Disciplinary Reporter Case Digest

Attorney ID 27687
Attorney Name Hohenadel, Michael J.
DBP Docket No. 18 DB 2008
Supreme Court Docket No. No. 1347 DD No 3
County Lancaster
Disciplinary Counsel Ramona Mariani
Counsel for Respondent None
Decision Date 2009-08-12
Effective Date 2009-09-11
Case Digest The Disciplinary Board recommended that Respondent be suspended for one year and one day for acts of misconduct in connection with an estate matter and a real estate matter and for his criminal conviction. In the estate matter Respondent collected his full fee up front and thereafter neglected the matter. Respondent did not return the clientís fee until the Office of Disciplinary Counsel wrote to him. In the real estate matter Respondent collected funds at settlement that were to be used to pay off a credit card. Respondent failed to make that payment or return the funds. Respondent pled guilty to two charges related to Driving Under the Influence in the Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas. The crimes to which Respondent pled guilty were serious crimes as defined by Rule 214(i), Pa.R.D.E. Respondent failed to report his criminal conviction to the Office of Secretary of the Disciplinary Board as required by Pa.R.D.E. 214(a). The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania suspended Respondentís license to practice law for one year and one day.
Rule Violation(s) RPC 1.1, 1.3, 1.4(a)(3), 1.15(b), 1.16(d), 8.4(b), 8.4(c), 8.4(d), Pa.R.D.E. 203(b)(1), Pa.RD.E. 214(a).
Discipline Imposed Suspension for one year and one day
Points of Law A lawyer who engages in multiple acts of misconduct including a criminal conviction should be required to petition for reinstatement and demonstrate fitness before resuming the practice of law. Respondentís misconduct was aggravated by his failure to participate at all in these disciplinary proceedings.
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