Friday, July 24, 2009
A Pennsylvania attorney attorney was suspended for failure to pay annual fess in 2002 and on disability in 2006. He petitioned for reinstatement based on his claim of rehabilitation from his disability. His prospects for reinstatement took a blow when he was convicted of an alcohol-related driving offense in Florida.
Disciplinary Counsel brought charges based on the conviction as well the failure to disclose the incident in his reinstatement questionnaire. The matter was resolved by an agreement to withdraw the reinstatement petition and impose a year and a day suspension. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court adopted the proposed disposition, which the joint petition for discipline had characterized as "eminently practical and efficient." The joint petition agrees that the focus of any future reinstatement will be on the recovery from the disabling condition. (Mike Frisch)