July 1 Aug. 21, 2002
The Supreme Court on July 25 ordered Marvin Abrams suspended for one year,
retroactive to July 28, 2001, the date he was placed on temporary suspension after being
convicted of two counts of failing to file federal income tax returns. The one-year
suspension with retroactivity was recommended by the Disciplinary Board. (See
The court on Aug. 16 ordered Vincent Albert Ciccone Jr.
suspended for one year and one day, to run concurrently with a year-and-a-day suspension
imposed by the court on Nov. 20, 2001, as recommended by the Disciplinary Board. The
disciplinary report said Ciccone was "not diligent or prompt" in the handling of
a clients lawsuit and that he failed to inform the client he had been placed on
inactive status and failed to return the clients retainer. The report said previous
disciplinary actions against Ciccone involved "distinctly similar conduct."
Out of State
The Supreme Court on July 10 ordered G. Jeffrey Moeller of Hackensack, N.J.,
suspended for one year and one day. The court rejected the Disciplinary Boards
majority recommendation that Moeller be suspended for three months. According to the
disciplinary report, Moeller, while on active status in New Jersey but on inactive status
in Pennsylvania, agreed to review trust documents for Dallas-based American Estate
Services Inc. (AESI). While reviewing documents AESI prepared for a Pennsylvania woman,
Moeller used the address of a real estate firm in Milford and letterhead indicating he was
admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, not realizing, he said, that his registration had
lapsed several years earlier. The Disciplinary Board concluded that Moeller had engaged in
unauthorized practice, shared a legal fee with a non-lawyer and aided AESI, a
"non-lawyer entity," in unauthorized practice by reviewing the documents it had
prepared. Five members of the Disciplinary Board dissented from the majority
recommendation, four urging a private reprimand and one calling for the year-and-a-day
The Supreme Court on July 25 ordered Tony Santo Sangiamo suspended for 20
months, retroactive to March 12, 2001, the date he was placed on temporary suspension
after being convicted of corrupting the morals of a minor. The 20-month suspension with
retroactivity was recommended by the Disciplinary Board.
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: Robert
Chase Cheek Jr., Allegheny County, on July 17; W. Brian Golden, Monroe County,
on July 25; Charles Anthony DiFazio, Philadelphia, on Aug. 21; and Forest
Charles Sexton, Allegheny County, on Aug. 21.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has imposed reciprocal discipline on the following
attorneys: Harry James Childerston, disbarred, on July 10, for disbarment on
consent ordered by the Supreme Court of the State of Delaware; Aaron Maurice Smith,
disbarred, on July 17, for disbarment on consent ordered by the Supreme Court of New
Jersey; John J. Hykel, suspended for two years, retroactive to Jan. 23, 2002, on
July 17, for a like suspension under a consent order by the U.S. Immigration Court; and Francis
X. Gavin, suspended for six months, on Aug. 1, for a like suspension ordered by the
Supreme Court of New Jersey.
Temporary Suspension 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: Patrick
H. McCarthy III, out of state, on July 17; Mark E. Steiner, out of state, on
Aug. 1; Roger Clark Peterman, out of state, on Aug. 1; and Kevin John Walsh,
Allegheny County, on Aug. 8.
July 1 Aug. 21, 2002
The Supreme Court on Aug. 16 approved the reinstatement of Marvin Abrams, who
had been suspended for one year, retroactive to July 28, 2001.