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Disciplinary Reporter Case Digest

Attorney ID 50861
Attorney Name Michael , James Robert
DBP Docket No. 48 DB 2008
Supreme Court Docket No. 1370 DD No. 3
County Westmoreland
Disciplinary Counsel Susan N. Dobbins
Counsel for Respondent Richard H. Lindner
Decision Date 2010-04-08
Effective Date 2008-03-31
Case Digest Respondent was temporarily suspended by the Supreme Court under Rule 208(f)(1) while the disciplinary investigation was pending over Respondent's misappropriation of entrusted funds. It was found that Respondent lied to, inter alia, ODC during the investigation and continued to misappropriate client funds almost a year after being contacted by ODC. At the time of the disciplinary hearing, Respondent had repaid over $100,000 in misappropriated funds, showed remorse, and was afforded Braun mitigation.
Rule Violation(s) 1.15(a), 1.15(b), 8.1(a), and 8.4(c)
Discipline Imposed Suspension for three years (retroactive)
Points of Law
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