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Disciplinary Reporter Case Digest

Attorney ID 55798
Attorney Name Ruhl , Jesse Raymond
DBP Docket No. 144 DB 2007
Supreme Court Docket No. 1313 DD No. 3
County Philadelphia
Disciplinary Counsel Joseph J. Huss
Counsel for Respondent None
Decision Date 2008-12-15
Effective Date 2008-01-30
Case Digest Respondent engaged in protracted neglect of a clientís dental malpractice case, and violated various provisions of Pa.R.D.E. 217, primarily relating to notification of clients, and others, of his August 2007 transfer to inactive status. Despite his inactive status, Respondent continued to represent at least nine different persons or entities in a variety of legal matters, including the filing of pleadings in a civil matter, representation of two criminal defendants at preliminary hearings. Finally, he commingled client and personal funds in his IOLTA account. In requesting the imposition of a one year and one day suspension, the partiesí Petition noted the existence of substantial mitigation. Respondent fully disclosed to Disciplinary Counsel his unauthorized practice of law activities. Generally, he was completely cooperative with all aspects of Disciplinary Counselís investigation. Respondent was afflicted with severe depression, which had caused him to abandon a successful law practice, lose virtually all of his possessions to creditors, and become homeless. In 2005, he enrolled in a treatment program at the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, and he began to recover. Respondent and Disciplinary Counse submitted a Joint Petition in Support of Discipline On Consent. On consent, the Supreme Court imposed a suspension of one year and one day, retroactive the date the Supreme Court granted the partiesí parties Joint Petition to for temporary suspension.
Rule Violation(s) RPC 1.1, 1.3, 1.4(a)(1), (a)(2), (a)(3), and (a)(4), 1.4(b), 1.15(a), 5.5(a), 8.4(d), and Pa.R.D.E. 217(a), (b), (c), (e), and 219(d)(3).
Discipline Imposed Suspension for one year and one day, retroactive to temporary suspension.
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