Disciplinary Reporter Case Digest

Attorney ID 47974
Attorney Name Dautrich, Kathleen D.
DBP Docket No. 114 DB 2006
Supreme Court Docket No. 1283 DD No. 3
County Berks
Disciplinary Counsel Suzy S. Moore
Counsel for Respondent None
Decision Date 2007-10-30
Effective Date 2007-11-30
Case Digest Respondent received a 90-day suspension and order to refund a $500 fee for failing to appear for an Informal Admonition with condition. The condition was that Respondent refund to the client the entire fee paid. The underlying case involved neglect, failure to communicate, failure to provide a written statement of the basis or rate of fee, failure to refund the fee paid and misrepresentation. Respondent’s history of discipline included two Private Reprimands for similar misconduct. Respondent admitted that she received notice of two different dates for the scheduled Informal Admonition. She did not appear on either occasion because “she didn’t want to also go in and have to admit things that weren’t true”, “part of [her] didn’t want to deal with it” and she “probably should have just dropped everything and gone down” to the Office of Disciplinary Counsel.
Rule Violation(s) Pa. R.D.E. 203(b)(2), 204(b) RPC 1.3, 1.4(a), 1.4(b), 1.5(b), 1.15(b) 1.16(d), 8.4(d),
Discipline Imposed 90-day suspension, $500 refund to client
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