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In re Perweiler

District of Columbia Court of Appeals


November 02, 2000

IN RE BRUCE E. PERWEILER, RESPONDENT.
A MEMBER OF THE BAR OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA COURT OF APPEALS

Before Terry, Steadman and Glickman, Associate Judges.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Per Curiam

On Report and Recommendation of the Board on Professional Responsibility

Submitted October 19, 2000

In this reciprocal discipline case from Maryland, the Board of Professional Responsibility recommends that respondent Bruce R. Perweiler be suspended for six months from the practice of law in the District of Columbia, and that prior to reinstatement, respondent be required to establish fitness pursuant to D.C. Bar R. XI, § 16(d). *fn1

On March 18, 1999 the Court of Appeals of Maryland entered an order indefinitely suspending respondent from the practice of law in that state for two separate instances of misconduct involving failure to provide competent representation and to act with reasonable diligence, mishandling of client funds, failure to return client files and advanced fees, and dishonesty, fraud, deceit and misrepresentation. We entered an order on May 12, 1999, temporarily suspending respondent from the practice of law in the District of Columbia pursuant to D.C. Bar R. XI, § 11(d) and directing the Board to determine whether reciprocal discipline should be imposed.

Our disciplinary rules do not include indefinite suspension within the range of possible sanctions. Therefore, consistent with prior practice involving such Maryland suspensions, the Board has recommended a sanction for the established misconduct appropriate to an original disciplinary action in the District. See In re Dietz, 675 A.2d 33 (D.C. 1996) (per curiam). Neither respondent nor Bar Counsel has filed any exception to the Board's recommendation. In these circumstances, "[t]he deferential standard mandated by [D.C. Bar R. XI, § 9(g)] becomes even more deferential." In re Goldsborough, 654 A.2d 1285, 1288 (D.C. 1995). Accordingly, we accept the recommendation of the Board. See, e.g., In re Reback, 513 A.2d 226 (D.C. 1986 ) (en banc). It is therefore

ORDERED that respondent be and he hereby is suspended, effective forthwith, for the period of six months from the practice of law in the District of Columbia, with a requirement of proof of fitness for reinstatement pursuant to D.C. Bar R. XI, § 16(d). Respondent's attention is drawn to the provisions of D.C. Bar R. XI, §§ 14 and 16(c) with respect to the obligations imposed upon suspended attorneys *fn2 and their relation to the timing of eligibility for reinstatement.


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