Disciplinary Reporter Case Digest

Attorney ID 40131
Attorney Name Brinkmann, Jr. , Lawrence E.
DBP Docket No. 157 DB 2008
Supreme Court Docket No. 1570 DD No. 3
County Bucks
Disciplinary Counsel Harold E. Ciampoli, Jr.
Counsel for Respondent None
Decision Date 2010-03-26
Effective Date 2010-04-26
Case Digest Respondent was retained to represent clients in a real estate and contract dispute. After filing a complaint on their behalf against several defendants, Respondent failed to file a response to Preliminary Objections, resulting in the dismissal of all but one claim against one defendant. Respondent then failed to respond to the defendant's Answer, New Matter, and Counterclaim, resulting in a Notice of Default being entered. Respondent did not inform his clients of the Notice of Default and did not file a response. The clients then discharged Respondent for failure to communicate, and retained new counsel. Respondent ignored counsel's efforts to obtain the client's file, necessitating the filing of a Petition to Compel Production of Documents. Respondent did not file an Answer to the Petition for Discipline and represented himself at the hearing. Respondent history of discipline included two Informal Admonitions and a Public Censure.
Rule Violation(s) 1.1, 1.3, 1.4(a)(2), 1.4(a)(3), 1.4(a)(4), 1.4(b), 1.16(a)(3), 1.16(d) and 8.4(d)
Discipline Imposed Suspension for one year and one day
Points of Law Respondent's pattern of neglecting clients and failure to take effective steps to remedy such neglect necessitated a suspension requiring him to demonstrate his fitness to practice before regaining his license to practice law.
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