PUBLIC DISCIPLINE

Feb. 26 — April 19, 2002

Lackawanna County
The Supreme Court on March 11 ordered Albert B. Mackarey suspended for three months, as recommended by the Disciplinary Board. One board member dissented in favor of a one-year suspension. According to the board report, Mackarey commingled title insurance premiums with funds in his general account and converted the money to his own use.

Lawrence County
The Supreme Court on March 22 ordered George P. Micacchione disbarred, as recommended by the Disciplinary Board. Chief Justice Stephen A. Zappala and Justice Ronald D. Castille dissented in favor of a five-year suspension. According to the disciplinary report, Micacchione lied to clients that he was actively pursuing medical malpractice litigation on their behalf when in fact he had taken no action, causing the court to issue an order to terminate the case.

Lehigh County
The Supreme Court on April 19 ordered Douglas Gerald Kunkle suspended for six months, retroactive to Aug. 22, 2001, the date he was placed on temporary suspension. The Disciplinary Board recommended the six-month suspension. Justice Ronald D. Castille dissented in favor of a suspension for one year and one day. Kunkle was placed on temporary suspension after being convicted of one count of recklessly endangering another person. The report said that after having smoked marijuana he accidentally fired a gun into the wall of his home. The bullet penetrated the wall of an adjoining residence, nearly striking a young child.

Philadelphia
The Supreme Court on March 26 ordered Gerald S. Susman suspended for three years, retroactive to May 10, 1999, the date he was placed on temporary suspension. The Disciplinary Board recommended the three-year suspension. Justice Thomas G. Saylor dissented from the court’s majority order in favor of a five-year suspension. Susman was placed on temporary suspension after being convicted in federal court in New Jersey of making false statements and concealing facts in connection with preparation of documents for a client’s employee pension plan.

Temporary Suspension — Rule 208(f)
The following attorney has been placed on emergency temporary suspension under a rule of disciplinary enforcement pertaining to attorneys whose continued practice would cause substantial public or private harm because of the misappropriation of funds or other egregious conduct: Donald Joseph Richmond, Delaware County, on March 5.

Temporary Suspension — Rule 214(d)(1)
The following attorney has been placed on temporary suspension under a rule of disciplinary enforcement pertaining to attorneys convicted of serious crimes: Marc M. Scola, out of state, on April 19.

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: Timothy Edward Cassidy, Allegheny County, on March 5, and Anthony Charles Bruneio, out of state, on April 5.

Reciprocal Discipline
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has imposed reciprocal discipline on the following attorneys: Thomas R. Hendershot, out of state, suspended, on Feb. 28, for an indefinite suspension imposed by the Court of Appeals of Maryland; William C. Gasper Jr., Montgomery County, on March 5, disbarred, for like discipline imposed by the Supreme Court of New Jersey; Harry W. Scott Jr., out of state, disbarred, on March 26, for like discipline imposed by the Supreme Court of the State of New York; and Leon Martelli, out of state, on March 26, disbarred, for disbarment by consent ordered by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

TRANSFERS TO INACTIVE STATUS
Feb. 26 — April 19, 2002

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 disability, infirmity, illness or addiction and are unable to prepare an adequate defense: Clyde Crady Swisher III, Allegheny County, on March 14, and Stephen J. Koeck, Blair County, on March 26.

REINSTATEMENTS
Feb. 26 — April 19, 2002

The Supreme Court has approved petitions for reinstatement to practice filed by the following individuals: Clark W. Pease, Philadelphia, on Feb. 27, from a three-month suspension ordered on Oct. 11, 2001; John W. Dickerson, Allegheny County, on March 11, from a disbarment on consent ordered on Sept. 25, 1986; and Kenneth R. Gross, Philadelphia, on April 19, with Justice Thomas G. Saylor dissenting, from a disbarment on consent ordered on July 7, 1994.



 


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