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Disciplinary Reporter Case Digest

Attorney ID 67149
Attorney Name Tannous, Karim John
DBP Docket No. 9 DB 2011
Supreme Court Docket No. 1700 DD No. 3
County Out of State
Disciplinary Counsel Anthony P. Sodroski
Counsel for Respondent Ellen C. Brotman
Decision Date 2011-04-15
Effective Date 2011-05-15
Case Digest Respondent was reciprocally suspended for thirty days as a result of discipline imposed by the Supreme Court of Colorado. A Presiding Disciplinary Judge of the Supreme Court of Colorado approved Respondent being disciplined by suspension from the practice of law for a period of ninety days, sixty days stayed upon successful completion of a two-year period of probation with conditions, including supervision by a practice monitor if Respondent returned to the active practice of law as a general practitioner, not including as in-house counsel. Office of Disciplinary Counsel and Respondent jointly recommended that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court enter an order reciprocally suspending Respondent from the practice of law in the Commonwealth for a period of thirty days and waiving compliance with Pa.R.D.E. 217. Respondent had not made a request of the Presiding Disciplinary Judge, within 30 days prior to the expiration of the period of suspension, for an order of reinstatement, as permitted by C.R.C.P. 251.29(b), which deficiency caused Respondentís registration status in Colorado to run from July 30, 2004 (the effective date of the Colorado Order) to May 24, 2006, when the Presiding Disciplinary Judge approved a stipulation to reinstatement and an additional two-year period of probation from the date of reinstatement along with the same conditions previously outlined in the Colorado Order; nonetheless, Respondent had only served the first 30 days of suspension of the Colorado Order because Colorado Attorney Regulation Counsel had never filed a motion to lift the stay and the Presiding Disciplinary Judge had never ordered Respondent to serve the 60 days of the Colorado Order that had been stayed. See C.R.C.P. 251.7(e)(Violation of probation).
Rule Violation(s) Pa.R.D.E. 216
Discipline Imposed Suspension for 30 days (reciprocal)
Points of Law
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