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Disciplinary Reporter Case Digest

Attorney ID 40824
Attorney Name Perrella, Nicholas R.
DBP Docket No. 19 DB 2001
Supreme Court Docket No. 824 D.D. No. 3
County Out of State
Disciplinary Counsel Harold E. Ciampoli, Jr.
Counsel for Respondent James M. McMaster
Decision Date 2003-06-11
Effective Date 2003-07-11
Case Digest Respondent, a New York attorney, was placed on inactive status in Pennsylvania in 1996 for failure to comply with his CLE requirements. In June 1999 Respondent entered his appearance as attorney for the plaintiff in case being litigated in the Bucks County Court of Common Pleas. In January 2000 opposing counsel filed a Motion to Strike Respondentís appearance based on Respondentís inactive status. In February 2000 Respondent filed a motion to be admitted pro hac vice. The motion was ultimately granted by the Common Pleas Judge in March 2001. Prior to March 2001, Respondent engaged in discovery, filed pleadings, appeared in court and utilized letterhead that indicated he was a member in good standing in Pennsylvania. Both the Hearing Committee and the Disciplinary Board recommended a Public Censure. The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania by order dated June 11, 2003 suspended Respondent for a period of three months.
Rule Violation(s) RPC 1.16(a)(1) ; 5.5(b) ; Pa.R.D.E. 217(c)(d)(e)
Discipline Imposed Three Month Suspension
Points of Law Public Discipline is warranted when an attorney knowingly disregards a Supreme Court order by engaging in the practice of law while on inactive status, even though the lawyer is later granted permission to appear pro hac vice.
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