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Disciplinary Reporter Case Digest

Attorney ID 10731
Attorney Name Bloom, Arthur Louis
DBP Docket No. 177 DB 2006
Supreme Court Docket No. 1409 DD No. 3
County Allegheny
Disciplinary Counsel Susan N. Dobbins
Counsel for Respondent John E. Quinn
Decision Date 2009-03-23
Effective Date 2009-04-22
Case Digest Respondent admitted to misappropriating at least $62,500 of funds belonging to his daughter and $1,000 belonging to a church from an estate and to violating the Rules of Professional Conduct. Despite having an expert witness, Respondent failed to show by clear and convincing evidence a causal connection between his depression and his misconduct, and was not afforded Braun mitigation. Aggravating factors included Respondent's failure to repay money until the eve of hearing and his significant past disciplinary history of being suspended for 3 years, albeit 30 years previous, for his criminal conviction of theft by deception (insurance fraud). After Oral Argument, the Supreme Court entered an Order disbarring Respondent.
Rule Violation(s) 1.3, 1.15(a), 1.15(b), 8.4(c)
Discipline Imposed Disbarment
Points of Law
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