Disciplinary Reporter Case Digest

Attorney ID 49170
Attorney Name Goykhman, Vladimir
DBP Docket No. 66 DB 2001
Supreme Court Docket No. 902 DD No. 3
County Philadelphia
Disciplinary Counsel Gloria R. Ammons
Counsel for Respondent James P. Leonard
Decision Date 2004-05-06
Effective Date 2004-06-06
Case Digest Respondent both intentionally and knowingly failed to properly handle fiduciary funds by cashing client settlement checks at a check-cashing agency and intentionally and knowingly converted his clients’ funds when he failed to promptly distribute their share of the funds and failed to hold their funds inviolate. Thereafter, Respondent made agreements with some clients to make payments to them by a certain date when he knew he did not have the funds available to fulfill his obligations. The Disciplinary Board recommended disbarment. By Order dated May 6, 2004, the Supreme Court disbarred Respondent.
Rule Violation(s) RPC 1.4(a), RPC 1.15(a), RPC 1.15(b), RPC 8.4(b) and 8.4(c)
Discipline Imposed Disbarment
Points of Law
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