April 27, 2006
IN RE RICHARD G. CERVIZZI, RESPONDENT.
A MEMBER OF THE BAR OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA COURT OF APPEALS (BAR REGISTRATION NO. 938282)
On Report and Recommendation of the Board on Professional Responsibility (BDN 128-05).
Submitted April 11, 2006
Before RUIZ and KRAMER, Associate Judges, and FERREN, Senior Judge.
The respondent, Richard G. Cervizzi, was disbarred by the Supreme Judicial Court of Maine on April 4, 2005, for violating the following Maine Bar Rules: Rule 2 (c), (failing to respond to inquiries by the Board and Bar Counsel); Rule 3.1 (a) (engaging in conduct unworthy of an attorney); Rule 3.2 (f)(1)-(4) (violating, circumventing or subverting the Maine Bar Rules; engaging in illegal conduct that adversely affects the lawyer's honesty, trustworthiness or fitness as a lawyer; engaging in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation; and engaging in conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice); Rule 7.3 (i)(1)(B) and (C) (failing to notify clients and attorneys or adverse parties of a lawyer's suspension or disbarrment and failing to file the required affidavit of compliance with the clerk and with the Board); Rule 3.4 (a)(4) (failing to act promptly to provide files requested by Bar Counsel and ordered by the Court); Rule 3.6 (a) and 3.6 (a)(3) (neglecting, refusing, or delaying to return files); and Rule 3.7 (b) (knowingly making false statements, concealing information legally required to be revealed, or participating in the creation or preservation of false evidence).
Respondent failed to report his disbarrment to this court in compliance with D.C. App. R. XI, § 11 (b). Bar Counsel filed a copy of the Maine disciplinary letter with this court and we suspended respondent on August 26, 2005, pursuant to D.C. Bar R. XI, § 11 (d), and referred the matter to the Board on Professional Responsibility ("Board") with directions for it to recommend whether identical, greater or lesser discipline should be imposed as reciprocal discipline, or determine whether it would proceed de novo.*fn1 The Board submitted a Report and Recommendation on December 23, 2005, which recommends that respondent be disbarred as reciprocal discipline. Bar Counsel has informed the court that he takes no exception to the Board's report and recommendation. Respondent neither participated in his disbarrment proceedings in Maine, nor participated in the reciprocal disciplinary proceedings before the Board and he has not filed any exceptions to its recommendation.
Because of the rebuttable presumption favoring identical reciprocal discipline, see In re Goldsborough, 654 A.2d 1285 (D.C. 1995); D.C. Bar R. XI, § 11 (f), the lack of any evidence in the record to indicate that reciprocal discipline is inappropriate, see D.C. Bar R. XI, § 11 (c), and our heightened deference to the Board when its recommendation is unopposed, see id. at § 11 (f); In re Gruber, 889 A.2d 991 (D.C. 2005), we adopt the Board's recommendation. Accordingly, it is
ORDERED that Richard G. Cervizzi is disbarred from the practice of law in the District of Columbia. For the purpose of seeking reinstatement to the Bar, respondent's suspension shall not begin until he files an affidavit that fully complies with the requirements of D.C. Bar R. XI, § 14 (g).