|| Alake Johnson-Ford (“Respondent”) was admitted in Pennsylvania in 1987. The District of Columbia Court of Appeals disbarred Respondent by an Order and Opinion of February 10, 2010. Respondent failed to report this disciplinary action to Pennsylvania, as required by the Rules of Disciplinary Enforcement (“R.D.E.”).
In the District of Columbia proceedings Respondent was found to have engaged in conduct involving: misappropriation and commingling (Rule of Professional Conduct (“RPC”) 1.15(a) and 1.17(a)); dishonest and criminal conduct (RPC 8.4(c)); failure to deliver funds (RPC 1.15(b); failure to preserve disputed funds (RPC 1.15(c); failure to represent clients zealously (RPC 1.3(a); failure to disclose status of work (RPC 1.4(a); and, failure to protect client interests upon termination. These RPC are substantially the same as adopted in Pennsylvania.
Office of Disciplinary Counsel (“Petitioner”) sought reciprocal discipline under Rule 216, Pa.R.D.E., and a notice was served on Respondent to show cause why the same or comparable discipline in this Commonwealth is not warranted. No response was made and the Court entered the Order of December 6, 2010.