April 4, 2012
Avoiding Conflict (And Work)
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has imposed a suspension of 30 months of an attorney who had submitted false billings for work not performed in numerous client matters while employed as an associate attorney at Cozen O'Connor, P.C.
The attorney also engaged in the unauthorized practice of law after his suspension for his failure to file his annual attorney registration statement. The court imposed the suspension nunc pro tunc to the date of the administrative suspension.
The report of the attorney's clinical psychologist is appended to the recommendation of the Disciplinary Board. The attorney was diagnosed as addiction to alcohol and marijuana.
The psychologist opines that his "half-hearted approach to his work once he began to practice law seemed to be part of his larger pattern of avoiding conflict." (Mike Frisch)
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