In re: Matter of Cianfrani, PICS Case No. 14-0102 (Pa. Disc. Bd. Jan. 15, 2014) Per curiam (9 pages).

DISCIPLINARY BOARD

The Legal Intelligencer

LEGAL PROFESSION - ATTORNEY MALPRACTICE

Suspension • Reinstatement • Five-Year Suspension

In re: Matter of Cianfrani, PICS Case No. 14-0102 (Pa. Disc. Bd. Jan. 15, 2014) Per curiam (9 pages).

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court granted petitioner's request for reinstatement to the practice of law where petitioner demonstrated that he had the moral qualifications, competency and learning in the law required to practice law after his five-year suspension. Petition for reinstatement granted.

By order dated March 26, 2008, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court suspended petitioner, Anthony L. Cianfrani, from the practice of law for a period of five years. In September 2012, petitioner filed a petition for reinstatement. After a hearing, the Disciplinary Board made certain findings of fact.

Petitioner had practiced in Philadelphia in the areas of criminal law, personal injury, civil rights, election law, workers compensation, social security and other matters. During the 22 years petitioner practiced law prior to his suspension, he tried 40 or 50 criminal cases to a jury verdict and about 15 civil cases to a jury verdict.

Petitioner also tried some 100 arbitration cases and argued appellate matters in the federal and state courts in Pennsylvania. His five-year suspension arose out of approximately 11 cases of misuse of client escrow funds from 2004 until 2006. Petitioner acknowledged his wrongdoing and all the clients who were affected were reimbursed.

The board considered that petitioner fully cooperated with the investigation of the Office of Disciplinary Counsel. He complied with the order of suspension by timely closing down his law practice and notifying his clients of his suspension. During his suspension, petitioner engaged in a variety of activities.

While his wife continued her law practice, petitioner served as a stay-at-home parent for the couple's two children. Petitioner also managed his parents' medical care, the execution or administration of his parents' estates and managed real estate.

Petitioner completed his Continuing Legal Education requirements and maintained the currency of his legal knowledge by reading on-line opinions of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. He also read The Legal Intelligencer and other bar publications and advance sheets.