Wednesday, July 24, 2013
A criminal defense attorney who took the marketing of his legal services to a degree prohibited by ethics rules was suspended for one year by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
The suspension will be followed by a year of probation.
The attorney "reached out" by letter to clerical assistants assigned to bail matters, introduced himself as a "Philadelphia lawyer," and sought a "mutually beneficial business relationship."
He also went to the Criminal Justice Center in Philadelphia and requested that a court employee "take a stack of [his] business cards and keep them at the Information Center...to give...out to persons who needed a lawyer..."
He offered the court employee a payment fee for referrals.
As a result, he was struck from the court-appointed attorney list. (Mike Frisch)