Disciplinary Reporter Case Digest

Attorney ID 37617
Attorney Name Lane, Merri R.
DBP Docket No. 218 DB 2005
Supreme Court Docket No. 1049 DD No. 3
County Out of State
Disciplinary Counsel Anthony P. Sodroski
Counsel for Respondent None
Decision Date 2005-12-29
Effective Date 2006-01-28
Case Digest Respondent was reciprocally suspended for three months, based upon a like discipline imposed by the Supreme Court of New Jersey on April 5, 2005. In the New Jersey proceeding, the New Jersey Office of Attorney Ethics alleged that Respondent neglected a legal matter on behalf of a client, failed to reply to the client’s numerous requests for information about his case so that he could make informed decisions about the representation, failed to account for her use of the retainer fee paid by the client or to refund the unearned portion to the client, misrepresented the status of the case to the client, used a rubber signature stamp to endorse at least one trust account check, failed to reply to the disciplinary investigator’s repeated requests for information about the client’s case, and failed to reply to requests for information from the client’s subsequent attorney. Because Respondent did not file an answer to the ethics complaint, the allegations of the complaint were deemed admitted pursuant to rule. In 1996, Respondent was reprimanded in New Jersey. In the Matter of Merri R. Lane, 147 N.J. 3, 685 A.2d 481 (1996).
Rule Violation(s)
Discipline Imposed Three-Month Reciprocal Suspension
Points of Law
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