Disciplinary Reporter Case Digest

Attorney ID 34269
Attorney Name Panichelli , Michael Joseph
DBP Docket No. 108 DB 2009
Supreme Court Docket No. 1519 DD No. 3
County Philadelphia
Disciplinary Counsel Harriet R. Brumberg
Counsel for Respondent Samuel D. Miller, III
Decision Date 2009-08-31
Effective Date 2009-09-30
Case Digest For almost a three-year period, Respondent was on inactive status for failing to complete the mandated continuing legal education. During this time, Respondent engaged in the unauthorized practice of law in 73 court cases and assisted attorneys in his firm in their handling of 319 legal matters. Respondent has a history of Major Depression and no prior discipline.
Rule Violation(s) RPC: 5.5(a); 7.1; and 8.4(d) Pa.R.D.E. 203(b)(3) via Pa.R.D.E. 217(a), (b), (c)(1), (c)(2), (d), (e), and (j)(1) through Pa.R.D.E. 217(j)(5).
Discipline Imposed Suspension for eighteen months
Points of Law Attorneys who engage in the unauthorized practice of law and commit additional misconduct may receive greater discipline than attorneys who engage only in the unauthorized practice of law.
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