A Dauphin County lawyer who bungled a client’s particular harm circumstance, lied about it, and then used his possess revenue to give her a bogus “settlement” experienced his regulation license suspended by the condition Supreme Court docket on Tuesday.
That two-calendar year consensual suspension of Peter Richard Henninger Jr.’s license is centered on findings of the large court’s Office of Disciplinary Counsel with regards to Henninger’s dealing with of the situation of client who was hurt in an elevator at the Hollywood Casino.
According to disciplinary business office filings, the consumer was harm in December 2014 when an elevator door shut on her leg. Henninger submitted a discover to sue on the woman’s behalf in Dauphin County Court two several years later.
Then, the disciplinary board contends, Henninger did not stick to through.
He by no means responded to requests by Schindler Elevator Corp. for his client’s clinical information, nor did he reply to the firm’s ask for for a settlement demand from customers, the board statements. It promises Henninger did not reply to any filings the defendants produced in the case for 3 a long time.
Eventually, at the request of the defendants, a judge dismissed the situation in February because of that lack of activity.
Henninger did not convey to his customer about that, the board claims. It statements he did not even return any of her telephone calls till she submitted a grievance with the Workplace of Disciplinary Counsel. Henninger told investigators the woman’s circumstance had gotten “lost in the shuffle,” in accordance to the board.
He also claimed, falsely, that he experienced been concerned in negotiations to settle the woman’s situation, investigators contend. They say Henninger then instructed the consumer that a settlement had been arrived at, employed his very own income to shell out her $25,000, and filed bogus information of the nonexistent settlement.
Ultimately, just after a probe of his actions, Henninger “acknowledged that he experienced lied to (the client) and the ODC about having acquired a settlement present from Hollywood Casino when, in simple fact, he had not engaged in any settlement discussions,” the board’s grievance states.
Investigators concluded Henninger had violated the Policies of Job Conduct for attorneys by failing to provide the client with competent illustration, by failing to update her on the status of the situation or respond to her requests for information, and by partaking in “conduct involving dishonesty, fraud deceit or misrepresentation.”