Disciplinary Reporter Case Digest

Attorney ID 22591
Attorney Name Jones, Floyd Paul
DBP Docket No. 133 DB 2003 & 1 DB 2004
Supreme Court Docket No. 878 DD No. 3
County York
Disciplinary Counsel Patti S. Bednarik
Counsel for Respondent None
Decision Date 2005-03-11
Effective Date 2005-04-11
Case Digest Respondent neglected 5 separate matters. In the first matter, Respondent failed to file an appellate brief, which caused his client’s appeal to be dismissed. Respondent failed to keep the client informed, failed to return the client calls or returned unearned fees. He then failed to appear for an informal admonition based on this matter, which resulted in further disciplinary proceedings as a result of his failure to appear. Respondent agreed to do minor legal work for 4 other clients, failed to do the work, and failed to refund fees. Respondent was held in contempt for failing to pay spousal support, which was conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice. Respondent also made a misrepresentation to a client client in order to induce him to write a check payable to Respondent, and then, misappropriated $1,970 which had been entrusted to him in order to pay a restitution order in a criminal case. Respondent abandoned his law practice, and disappeared. At the time of his disappearance, he had four active arrest warrants for writing back checks and other charges.
Rule Violation(s) 1.1, 1.3, 1.4(a), 1.4(b), 1.15(b), 1.16(d), 8.4(b), 8.4(c)
Discipline Imposed Disbarment
Points of Law The Disciplinary Board has considered numerous cases in which a lawyer has committed multiple acts of misconduct and then abandoned his practice and disappeared. In many of these cases, the attorneys are disbarred. See also In re Roe, In Re Anonymous No. 75 DB 94 & 7 DB 95, 34 Pa. D.&C.4th 32 (1994), In Re Anonymous 34 DB 91, 15 Pa. D.&C. 4th 495 (1992) In re Anonymous No. 30 DB 87, 49 Pa. D.&C.3d 1 (1988), and In re Anonymous No. 101 DB 92, 23 Pa. D.&C. 4th 168 (1994.)
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