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Disciplinary Reporter Case Digest

Attorney ID 32154
Attorney Name Federline, Robert L.
DBP Docket No. 9 DB 2007
Supreme Court Docket No. 1261 DD No. 3
County Allegheny
Disciplinary Counsel Susan N. Dobbins
Counsel for Respondent Robert J. Downey, Jr
Decision Date 2010-06-02
Effective Date 2007-08-11
Case Digest Respondent, who was temporarily suspended pursuant to Rule 208(f)(5), Pa.R.D.E., received a retroactive three year suspension for his misappropriation of approximately $9,000 in three separate client matters.
Rule Violation(s) 1.4(a)(3), 1.4(a)(4), 1.5(b), 1.15(a) (conduct occurring before 9/20/08); 1.15(b) (conduct occurring before 9/20/08), and 8.4(c)
Discipline Imposed Suspension for three years retroactive
Points of Law Although Respondent placed his mental health at issue at the time of the disciplinary hearing, he failed to meet his burden pursuant to Braun. Although Respondent took no action to dissolve his temporary suspension and the Disciplinary Board recommended a two year suspension for Respondent's failure to observe his fiduciary responsibility and noted that the Board's recommendation had no bearing on the temporary suspension which was not before the Board, the Supreme Court imposed a three year suspension on Respondent retroactive to the effective date of his temporary suspension under Rule 208(f)(5), Pa.R.D.E.
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