Disciplinary Reporter Case Digest

Attorney ID 44629
Attorney Name Ciccone, Jr., Vincent Albert
DBP Docket No. 40 and 80 DB 2000
Supreme Court Docket No. 706 D.D. No. 3
County Allegheny
Disciplinary Counsel Samuel F. Napoli
Counsel for Respondent None
Decision Date 2001-11-20
Effective Date 2001-12-20
Case Digest This matter involved two separate Petitions for Discipline. The first involved Respondent's failure to appear for an informal admonition with regard to two separate matters. In one case, he failed to diligently represent a client, failed to adequately communicate with that client, and prejudiced his client's case when he failed to attend a settlement conference, resulting in the dismissal of the client's case. The second involved Respondent's failure to adequately communicate with his client, and failure to inform her of his transfer to inactive status. A second Petition for Discipline was filed against Respondent, in which he was alleged to have failed to adequately communicate with a client, failed to communicate the basis or rate of the fee he was charging to the client in writing, and failed to return the unearned portion of his fee.
Rule Violation(s) 1.3, 1.4(a), 8.4(d), Rule 203(b)(2) and 217(b), Pa.R.D.E.
Discipline Imposed One year and one day suspension
Points of Law Closing office without notice to clients, failure to appear for informal admonitions, and failure to appear for disciplinary hearing requires a suspension which will require Respondent to go through formal proceedings before he can be reinstated.
Report/Opinion not available