Disciplinary Reporter Case Digest

Attorney ID 36346
Attorney Name Harmon a/k/a Norman, Gwendolyn a/k/a Gwen N.
DBP Docket No. 15 DB 2003
Supreme Court Docket No. 970 DD No. 3
County Philadelphia
Disciplinary Counsel Gloria Randall Ammons
Counsel for Respondent None
Decision Date 2004-12-13
Effective Date 2005-01-12
Case Digest During a three year period, Respondent engaged in the knowing and intentional misappropriation of fiduciary funds by allowing the balances in her escrow account to fall below the amount of funds entrusted to her on behalf of her clients. On 167 separate, Respondent’s escrow account was “out of trust” in amounts ranging from $508.96 to $26,516.08. Respondent made numerous transfers from her escrow account to her operating account, and several transfers were made when the operating account had a negative balance. Respondent did not file an Answer to the Petition for Discipline and did not appear for the discipline hearing, which had been continued from a prior date at the request of Respondent in order for her to travel from Nevada so she could present a defense to the charges. The Disciplinary Board recommended a suspension of three years. By Order dated December 13, 2004, the Supreme Court suspended Respondent for three years.
Rule Violation(s) RPC 1.4(a); RPC 1.4(b); RPC 1.15(a); RPC 1.15(b) and RPC 8.4(c)
Discipline Imposed Three-year suspension
Points of Law
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