Discipline Report

Feb. 26 — April 29, 2003

Allegheny County
The Supreme Court on Feb. 28 ordered Daniel J. Evans disbarred, as recommended by the Disciplinary Board. According to the discipline report, Evans misappropriated $90,000 from an estate while serving as executor.

The court on March 25 ordered Fred Joseph Lagattuta disbarred, as recommended by the Disciplinary Board. The discipline report said that Lagattuta, among other violations, made $60,000 in improper payments to himself from his parents’ estates, misappropriated $26,000 from the sale of a business in which the estates had an interest, pledged estate assets as collateral for an $8,000 personal loan and refused, to the point of defying a court order, to account for cash estimated at $175,000 from a safe deposit box that had belonged to his father.

Dauphin County
The Supreme Court on Feb. 28 ordered Eric Jeffrey Wiener suspended for five years, retroactive to Jan. 12, 1999, the date of his temporary suspension. The Disciplinary Board had recommended a suspension of four years. Justice Russell M. Nigro dissented in favor of a four-year suspension. Wiener was convicted of two counts of wire fraud in federal court in 1997 in connection with the sale of a motor vehicle that turned out to have been stolen. According to the discipline report, Wiener’s actions involved "a string of untruths made in an attempt to avoid financial responsibility, culminating in false testimony at his … trial."

Philadelphia
The Supreme Court on March 7 ordered Susan Bell Bolno suspended for two years. The Disciplinary Board had recommended a suspension of one year and one day. The discipline report said Bolno in four matters "misrepresented the status of cases to her clients and created documents to perpetuate the misrepresentations." The report also said Bolno intentionally misstated on her attorney registration that she was on inactive status in New Jersey when in fact she had been suspended.

Disbarments on Consent
The following attorneys have been disbarred on consent under a rule of disciplinary enforcement pertaining to resignations by attorneys under disciplinary investigation: Joel Solomon Robbins, Delaware County, on March 7, and John E. Nickoloff, Allegheny County, on March 27.

Temporary Suspensions — Rule 214(d)(1)
The following attorneys have been placed on temporary suspension under a rule of disciplinary enforcement pertaining to attorneys convicted of serious crimes: former Supreme Court Justice Rolf R. Larsen, on Feb. 28 (with Chief Justice Ralph J. Cappy and Justice William H. Lamb not participating), and George E. Tillerson III, out of state, on April 29.

Reciprocal Discipline
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has imposed reciprocal discipline on the following attorneys: John Martin DeLaurentis, suspended for one year, on March 7, for like discipline ordered by the Supreme Court of New Jersey on Sept. 9, 2002; Gary Steven Melvin, suspended for 18 months, retroactive to Oct. 6, 2002, on March 25, for like discipline ordered by the Supreme Court of the State of Delaware on Oct. 7, 2002; and Kenneth Harrison Fails II, disbarred, on March 25, for like discipline ordered by the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board and affirmed by the Supreme Court of Virginia on Jan. 10, 2003.

TRANSFERS TO INACTIVE STATUS
Feb. 26 — April 29, 2003
The following attorneys have been transferred to inactive status in connection with a rule of disciplinary enforcement pertaining to respondents in disciplinary proceedings who are suffering from a disabling condition that makes it impossible for them to prepare an adequate defense: Joseph C. Spaulding, Philadelphia, on March 27, and Arthur John Kyriazis, Delaware County, on April 3.

REINSTATEMENTS
Feb. 26 — April 29, 2003
The Supreme Court on Feb. 27 ordered Ramon R. Obod, Philadelphia, reinstated after having complied with all terms and conditions of a one-year suspension. The court on April 3 vacated a temporary suspension against David Francis Luvara, Philadelphia, and ordered him reinstated to practice. The court on April 29 ordered Allan Hyman Freedman, Montgomery County, reinstated from a disbarment on consent, as recommended by the Disciplinary Board. The court on April 29 followed the recommendation of the Disciplinary Board and declined to reinstate Gail Fuller, Philadelphia, from a disbarment on consent.




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