Disciplinary Reporter Case Digest

Attorney ID 48778
Attorney Name Johnson-Ford , Alake
DBP Docket No. 94 DB 2010
Supreme Court Docket No. 1617 DD No. 3
County Out of State
Disciplinary Counsel J. Frank Dougherty
Counsel for Respondent None
Decision Date 2010-12-06
Effective Date 2011-01-06
Case Digest Alake Johnson-Ford (“Respondent”) was admitted in Pennsylvania in 1987. The District of Columbia Court of Appeals disbarred Respondent by an Order and Opinion of February 10, 2010. Respondent failed to report this disciplinary action to Pennsylvania, as required by the Rules of Disciplinary Enforcement (“R.D.E.”). In the District of Columbia proceedings Respondent was found to have engaged in conduct involving: misappropriation and commingling (Rule of Professional Conduct (“RPC”) 1.15(a) and 1.17(a)); dishonest and criminal conduct (RPC 8.4(c)); failure to deliver funds (RPC 1.15(b); failure to preserve disputed funds (RPC 1.15(c); failure to represent clients zealously (RPC 1.3(a); failure to disclose status of work (RPC 1.4(a); and, failure to protect client interests upon termination. These RPC are substantially the same as adopted in Pennsylvania. Office of Disciplinary Counsel (“Petitioner”) sought reciprocal discipline under Rule 216, Pa.R.D.E., and a notice was served on Respondent to show cause why the same or comparable discipline in this Commonwealth is not warranted. No response was made and the Court entered the Order of December 6, 2010.
Rule Violation(s)
Discipline Imposed Disbarment (reciprocal)
Points of Law Conduct in another jurisdiction that would result in violations of the RPC and/or R.D.E. in this jurisdiction will result in the imposition of the same or comparable discipline in this Commonwealth. Failure to timely report discipline in another jurisdiction is not a bar to reciprocal discipline in this jurisdiction.
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