||Respondent engaged in a pattern of neglect and failure to communicate in four separate client matters. The matters included two slip and fall cases, one medical malpractice action and one automobile accident case. Respondent initiated suit in three of the cases and then failed to participate in discovery. The cases were dismissed by non pros, summary judgment or by the court. One case remained open at the time of the disciplinary hearing.
Respondent stipulated to most of the misconduct. He did not show remorse. He blamed his office staff and his own lack of office management skills for the misconduct. No character testimony was offered.
Respondent presented Braun testimony from a treating psychologist. Respondent attempted the theory that his commitment to horse racing caused the misconduct. The Hearing Committee, Board and Court did not find causation.