Disciplinary Reporter Case Digest

Attorney ID 2834
Attorney Name Galfand , Marvin F.
DBP Docket No. 4 DB 2010
Supreme Court Docket No. 1720 DD No. 3
County Philadelphia
Disciplinary Counsel Amelia C. Kittredge
Counsel for Respondent None
Decision Date 2011-06-10
Effective Date 2011-07-10
Case Digest While on suspension, Respondent appeared in the Court of Common Pleas before an Arbitration Panel, acting as lead counsel for his client and representing that he and his wife, Myrna W. Galfand, who was counsel of record, were husband and wife “law partners.” Respondent also negotiated with opposing counsel and court personnel prior to the arbitration hearing. Respondent had testified at an earlier, unsuccessful reinstatement hearing that he had been working in his wife’s office, his former law firm. Accordingly, he had notice at the time of the misconduct in the instant matter that this arrangement with his wife was not permitted pursuant to Pa.R.D.E. 217.
Rule Violation(s) RPC 5.5(a), 8.4(c), 8.4(d), Pa.R.D.E. 203(b)(3) via Pa.R.D.E. 217(j)(4)
Discipline Imposed Disbarment
Points of Law The Board consolidated the Petitions for Discipline filed against Marvin F. Galfand and Myrna W. Galfand for purposes of Hearing, but filed a separate Report and Recommendation for each Respondent.
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