Disciplinary Reporter Case Digest

Attorney ID 43910
Attorney Name Kasaback , John M.
DBP Docket No. 45 DB 2009
Supreme Court Docket No. 1651 DD No. 3
County Cambria
Disciplinary Counsel Samuel F. Napoli
Counsel for Respondent David Raho
Decision Date 2010-12-06
Effective Date 2011-01-05
Case Digest In five separate matters, Respondent was found to have engaged in a pattern of failing to diligently represent his clients, failing to properly communicate with them, and failing to properly provide fee agreements. In one instance, he charged a contingent fee in a criminal case, which is prohibited. In two others, he failed to return unearned fees. Respondent has a history of two informal admonitions and a private reprimand for similar misconduct.
Rule Violation(s) 1.3, 1.4(a)(2), 1.4(a)(3), 1.4(a)(4), 1.5(b), 1.5(d)(2), and 1.16(d)
Discipline Imposed Suspension for 3 months, stayed with 1 year probation
Points of Law Remorse and understanding of problems in practice justifies a stayed, rather than an actual, suspension, even in light of a pattern of misconduct.
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