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Office of Disciplinary v. Bruno

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

November 13, 2014

OFFICE OF DISCIPLINARY COUNSEL, Petitioner
v.
JAMES S. BRUNO, Respondent No. 180 DB 2011

Attorney Registration No. 30841 (Philadelphia)

ORDER

PER CURIAM

AND NOW, this 13th day of November, 2014, upon consideration of the Report and Recommendations of the Disciplinary Board dated July 18, 2014, it is hereby

ORDERED that James S. Bruno is suspended from the practice of law for a period of two years retroactive to February 26, 2013, to be followed by a two-year period of probation after reinstatement, subject to the following conditions:

1. Respondent shall select a practice monitor subject to the approval of the Office of Disciplinary Counsel.
2. Respondent shall cooperate fully with his practice monitor.
3. The practice monitor shall do the following during the period of respondent's probation:
a. Meet with respondent at least monthly to examine his progress towards satisfactory and timely completion of client legal matters, including regular communication with clients in returning telephone calls and responding to written correspondence;
b. Periodically examine respondent's law office organization and procedures to ensure that he is maintaining an acceptable tickler system, filing system, and other administrative aspects of his practice;
c. Meet with respondent at least monthly to examine his progress towards satisfactory and timely completion of clients' legal matters and regular client contact;
d. File quarterly written reports on a Board-approved form with the Secretary of the Board; and
e. Immediately report to the Secretary of the Board any violations by respondent of the terms and conditions of probation.
4. Respondent shall continue any counseling or treatment, out-patient or in-patient, prescribed by his treating physician. He shall provide physician's reports verifying the above counseling and treatment to the Secretary of the Board on a quarterly basis.

It is further ORDERED that respondent shall pay costs to the Disciplinary Board pursuant to Rule 208(g), Pa. R.D.E.


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