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Disciplinary Reporter Case Digest

Attorney ID 69872
Attorney Name Collazzo , Marc D.
DBP Docket No. 165 DB 2010
Supreme Court Docket No. 1675 DD No. 3
County Chester
Disciplinary Counsel Harold E. Ciampoli, Jr.
Counsel for Respondent Walter McHugh
Decision Date 2010-06-23
Effective Date 2010-12-30
Case Digest Respondent was retained to represent Deborah VonBerg in potential claims against the City of Philadelphia and Philadelphia Police Department. Respondent filed a complaint on behalf of Ms. VonBerg in August 2007. In January 2008, the complaint was dismissed as being untimely filed. Respondent never informed Ms. VonBerg that her complaint was dismissed and never advised her of her right to appeal. From August 2008 through July 2009, Respondent made repeated, knowing misrepresentations to Ms. VonBerg that her case was viable and would eventually go to court. Respondentís misconduct was aggravated by the fact that he had previously engaged in almost identical misconduct by making numerous intentional misrepresentations to another client that was the subject of a separate disciplinary proceeding.
Rule Violation(s) 1.1, 1.3, 1.4(a)(2), 1.4(a)(3), 1.4(a)(4), 1.4(b), 8.4(c), 8.4(d)
Discipline Imposed Suspension for 1 year and 1 day
Points of Law
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