Disciplinary Reporter Case Digest

Attorney ID 55219
Attorney Name Pahides , Ann-Marie MacDonald
DBP Docket No. 171 DB 2009
Supreme Court Docket No. 1546 DD No. 3
County Philadelphia
Disciplinary Counsel Richard Hernandez
Counsel for Respondent Samuel C. Stretton
Decision Date 2010-12-21
Effective Date 2011-01-20
Case Digest Respondent engaged in misconduct in five client matters. Respondentís misconduct generally involved incompetence, neglect, lack of communication, and failure to refund unearned fees and return documents. Also, in two client matters, Respondent failed to provide fee agreements, failed to deposit advance payment of fees in a trust account, and made misrepresentations. In one client matter, Respondent did not obtain a clientís permission to prepare a pleading and in another client matter Respondent engaged in conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice. In addition, Respondent pled guilty to the misdemeanor offense of driving a motor vehicle with a suspended license in the State of Michigan. Respondent was not convicted of a ďserious crime.Ē See Pa.R.D.E. 214(i). Respondent was sentenced to probation for three months and to pay a fine of $100.00 and court costs in the amount of $152.00. Mitigating factors in determining the discipline to impose were Respondentís cooperation, remorse, and acknowledgement of wrongdoing. Moreover, during the period Respondent had engaged in misconduct, she had been evicted from an office she had rented, was embroiled in marital difficulties, and was required to attend to her and her childrenís medical needs. An aggravating factor was Respondentís record of discipline, consisting of an informal admonition.
Rule Violation(s) 1.1, 1.2(a), 1.3, 1.4(a)(1), 1.4(a)(3), 1.4(a)(4), 1.4(b), 1.5(b), 1.15(a), 1.15(i), 1.16(d), 8.4(b), 8.4(c), and 8.4(d).
Discipline Imposed Suspension for 1 year and 1 day
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