Disciplinary Reporter Case Digest

Attorney ID 0
Attorney Name Anonymous,    
DBP Docket No. 47 DB 2000
Supreme Court Docket No. N/A
Disciplinary Counsel Samuel F. Napoli
Counsel for Respondent
Decision Date 2001-04-27
Effective Date 2001-04-27
Case Digest In July of 1996 Respondent was retained to represent a citizen's group regarding a proposed real estate development. He was paid a retainer of $5,500. In February of 1997, Respondent delivered to the group's chairperson drafts of civil complaints. He told the chairperson that he intended to amend the complaints and then file them. From February 1997 through August 1997, Respondent made repeated representations that he would file the complaints, but never did so. In August 1997, the citizen's group asked that Respondent refund the $5,500 retainer. He did not respond, or refund the unearned portion until September 21, 2000.
Rule Violation(s) RPC 1.3, 1.4(a), and 1.16(d)
Discipline Imposed Private Reprimand with one year probation with a practice monitor.
Points of Law None (proceeded by abbreviated procedure under Disciplinary Board Rule 89.181).
Report/Opinion not available