Disciplinary Reporter Case Digest

Attorney ID 65390
Attorney Name Nelson, Neomosha
DBP Docket No. 110 DB 2005
Supreme Court Docket No. 1132 DD No. 3
County Philadelphia
Disciplinary Counsel Ramona Mariani
Counsel for Respondent Stephanie Sawyer
Decision Date 2006-03-31
Effective Date 2006-03-31
Case Digest Respondent was charged with misconduct relating to representation of four clients, including neglect, failure to communicate with her clients, failure to enter into written fee agreements, and practicing law while on inactive status. Respondent claimed to have been unaware of her involuntary transfer to inactive status for failure to pay a late fee to the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board. As her period of inactive status was of relatively short duration, Respondent was able to get reinstated shortly after first contact with Disciplinary Counsel. There were no aggravating factors. In mitigation, Respondent expressed regret, cooperated with Disciplinary Counsel, and provided evidence indicating that she had experienced an unusual degree of personal and financial problems during the period of time in which the misconduct occurred.
Rule Violation(s) 1.1, 1.3, 1.4(a), 1.5(b), 1.16(d), 3.2, 5.5(a), 5.5(b), 8.4(c) and 8.4(d).
Discipline Imposed Suspension for one year and one day
Points of Law Where a lawyer engages in substantive misconduct along with the unauthorized practice of law, suspension of at least one year and one day is warranted despite the presence of potentially mitigating factors.
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