Disciplinary Reporter Case Digest

Attorney ID 35595
Attorney Name Hyde, Robert R.
DBP Docket No. 12 DB 2002
Supreme Court Docket No. 711 D.D. No. 3
County Out of State
Disciplinary Counsel Cory John Cirelli
Counsel for Respondent
Decision Date 2002-01-31
Effective Date 2002-03-02
Case Digest Respondent was charged in the State of North Carolina with having failed to hold property of a client that was in his possession in connection with a representation separate from his own. Respondent was also charged with having committed a criminal act that reflects adversely on his honesty, trustworthiness or fitness as a lawyer in other respects and having engaged in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation. In the course of representing a buyer in a real estate transaction, Respondent was to hold $700 in escrow pending repairs that were to be made to the property by the seller. Respondent admitted that he had spent all or a portion of the entrusted funds. Respondent closed his law office and filed for personal bankruptcy. After making full restitution to his client, Respondent tendered his resignation FROM the practice of law in North Carolina on May 25, 2001. On July 27, 2001, Respondent's resignation was accepted by the Council of the North Carolina State Bar and Respondent was disbarred from the practice of law in that State. By order of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania dated November 19, 2001, pursuant to Pennsylvania Rule of Disciplinary Enforcement 216, Respondent was directed to Inform the Court within thirty days of any claim and the reasons therefore that the imposition of identical or comparable discipline would be unwarranted. By order dated January 31, 2002, Respondent was disbarred from the practice of law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Rule Violation(s) 1.15(a), 8.4(b) and 8.4(c)
Discipline Imposed Disbarment
Points of Law N/A
Report/Opinion not available