Disciplinary Reporter Case Digest

Attorney ID 35585
Attorney Name Harrigan, Thomas Quirk
DBP Docket No. 123 DB 2000
Supreme Court Docket No. 782 D.D. No. 3
County Philadelphia
Disciplinary Counsel Gloria R. Ammons
Counsel for Respondent John Rogers Carroll
Decision Date 2002-11-25
Effective Date
Case Digest Respondent failed to withdraw his appearance in one matter, continued to represent the client, negotiated and ultimately settled the case after he was transferred to inactive status for failure to meet his C.L.E. requirements. Respondent failed to file a Compliance Statement with the Board Secretary after his transfer. Respondent failed to notify his client and defense counsel that he was ineligible to practice law. Respondent stipulated to the Rule violations. The Disciplinary Board found that Respondentís misconduct was causally connected to his depression. The Board also found that Respondentís two prior informal admonitions aggravated the discipline. The Board recommended an eight-month suspension. The Supreme Court, without issuing an opinion, suspended the Respondent for one year and one day. Respondent had a prior record of an informal admonition in 1995 and an informal admonition in 1997 based on his practice of law while on inactive status. Respondent had a long history of being transferred to inactive status for failure to comply with CLE requirements and/or failure to pay annual assessment.
Rule Violation(s) 217(b), 217(c), 217(d) and 217(e); 5.5(b), 7.1(a), 8.4(c) and 8.4(d)
Discipline Imposed One Year & One Day Suspension
Points of Law A lawyer who continues to represent clients and practice law after he is transferred to inactive status will be suspended.
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