Disciplinary Reporter Case Digest

Attorney ID 2499
Attorney Name Stapleton, Larrick V.
DBP Docket No. 47 DB 1993
Supreme Court Docket No. 932 DD No. 2
County Philadelphia
Disciplinary Counsel Richard Hernandez
Counsel for Respondent William Honig
Decision Date 2005-07-12
Effective Date 2005-07-12
Case Digest Petitioner was reinstated after having been disbarred on consent by Order of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania dated July 1, 1993. Petitionerís disbarment was the result of his having misappropriated estate funds (Thomas J. Bushyager estate) and his having misappropriated client funds (Mary Poole). The loss to the Bushyager estate was $160,000 and the loss to Ms. Poole was $110,000. During the time frame of Petitionerís misconduct, Petitionerís secretary embezzled approximately $400,000 from Petitioner, including approximately $120,000 of Petitionerís own funds. Petitioner testified that his neglect and mismanagement allowed his secretary to act without proper supervision. Following Petitionerís disbarment, criminal charges were filed against Petitioner and Petitioner subsequently pled guilty to one count of mail fraud and one count of interstate transportation of stolen securities. Petitioner was sentenced to a period of eighteen months of incarceration and was ordered to pay restitution, fines and costs. At the reinstatement hearing, Petitioner presented evidence showing that he: complied with the conditions of his sentence and successfully completed his probation in 2002; reimbursed the Pennsylvania Lawyerís Fund for Client Security in full, with interest; was a recovering alcoholic, who had ten years of sobriety; worked as a part-time law clerk for an attorney since 2000; and was remorseful over his misconduct and had no excuse for his actions. Petitioner also offered the testimony of eight character witnesses.
Rule Violation(s)
Discipline Imposed Reinstatement
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