Not surprising that an attorney stealing from the law firm would be handled harshly and quickly. STEALING client funds can take years before DISBARMENT - stealing lawyer money and you can bet it was fast tracked.
Andrew Strickler reports in Law360 that a Pennsylvania lawyer lost his license Thursday following a conviction three years ago for stealing from a law firm and then failing to inform the bar of his legal troubles.
The state Supreme Court agreed to disbar James P. Kennedy following his resignation from the practice of law last month and a consent agreement with the state disciplinary counsel.
HLF managing shareholder John Hanamirian represented the law firm of Gregory Javardian, a collections, foreclosure and bankruptcy practice in Southampton, Pennsylvania.
In the article Hanamirian states that all the allegations against Kennedy “happened within a very short period of time,” and that all the missing money came from company-earned fees, not clients.
“That was the very fortunate part for everyone, that no one was harmed except Mr. Javardian,” he said.
The case is Office of Disciplinary Counsel v. James P. Kennedy, case number 82 DB 2016, in the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.