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In re Chasnoff

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA COURT OF APPEALS


June 12, 2003

IN RE JOEL CHASNOFF, RESPONDENT.

On Report and Recommendation of the Board on Professional Responsibility (BDN 409-01)

Before Farrell and Reid, Associate Judges, and Kern, Senior Judge.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Per Curiam

A Member of the Bar of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals

Submitted May 28, 2003

On October 15, 2001, the Court of Appeals of Maryland indefinitely suspended respondent, Joel Chasnoff, for misconduct in his representation of three clients. Attorney Grievance Comm'n of Md. v. Chasnoff, 783 A.2d 224 (Md. 2001). Respondent's misconduct included failing to act with competence, failing to act with diligence, failing to communicate with his clients, charging an excessive fee, and failing to respond to disciplinary authorities.

Respondent reported his suspension to Bar Counsel as required by D.C. Bar R. XI, § 11 (b). This court temporarily suspended respondent on January 14, 2002, pursuant to D.C. Bar R. XI, § 11 (d), *fn1 and referred the matter to the Board on Professional Responsibility ("Board"). The Board recommends that we impose reciprocal discipline in the form of a ninety-day suspension with a fitness requirement. Bar Counsel has informed the court that she takes no exception to the Board's report and recommendation. Respondent has not filed any opposition to the Board's report and recommendation.

We have previously imposed a fixed period of suspension as reciprocal discipline when the original disciplining court imposed an indefinite suspension. See In re Freed, 773

A.2d 436 (D.C. 2001); In re Berg, 694 A.2d 876, 877 n.2 (D.C. 1997). Given our limited scope of review in this uncontested case, we adopt the Board's recommendation. See In re Goldsborough, 654 A.2d 1285 (D.C. 1995); D.C. Bar R. XI, § 11 (f). Accordingly, it is

ORDERED that Joel Chasnoff be suspended from the practice of law in the District of Columbia for the period of ninety days. Reinstatement in the District of Columbia shall be conditioned on respondent's proof of his fitness to practice law. We again direct respondent's attention to the requirements of D.C. Bar R. XI, § 14 (g) and their effect on his eligibility for reinstatement. See D.C. Bar R. XI, § 16 (c).

So ordered.


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