Disciplinary Reporter Case Digest

Attorney ID 72328
Attorney Name Snowden, Darlene Crystal
DBP Docket No. 24 DB 2009
Supreme Court Docket No. 1513 DD No. 3
County Philadelphia
Disciplinary Counsel Harriet R. Brumberg
Counsel for Respondent Stuart L. Haimowitz
Decision Date 2009-09-10
Effective Date 2009-05-28
Case Digest This Discipline on Consent concerns two separate matters. In one matter, Respondent deposited the proceeds from the sale of a home into her escrow account. Respondent converted the proceeds and failed to promptly pay the outstanding taxes, utility bills, and DPW lien from the proceeds. Respondent has made partial restitution of the converted funds. In the second matter, Respondent failed to comply with a condition of her Informal Admonition requiring Respondent to complete the administration of an estate and provide ODC with monthly status reports concerning her administration of the estate. In aggravation, Respondent had received two prior IAs for conduct involving her lack of diligence. In mitigation, Respondent filed a request to transfer to voluntary inactive status simultaneously with signing the Discipline on Consent.
Rule Violation(s) RPC: 1.3; 1.15(a); 1.15(b); 8.4(b); and 8.4(c) Pa.R.D.E. 203(b)(3) via Pa.R.D.E. 204(b)
Discipline Imposed Suspension for five years, retroactive to inactive status
Points of Law Attorneys who knowingly convert fiduciary funds may receive a five-year suspension or disbarment. When an attorney converts funds from multiple matters, refuses to cooperate with ODC, or converts a substantial sum of money, disbarment may be the appropriate quantum of discipline.
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