In re Hoffman, 112216 PASCDC, 2276-3

Docket Nº:2276 Disciplinary Docket 3
Opinion Judge:PER CURIAM
Party Name:In the Matter of JENNIFER AMI HOFFMAN Board File No. C3-16-362
Judge Panel:Justice Mundy
Case Date:November 22, 2016
Court:Court of Judicial Discipline of Pennsylvania
 
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In the Matter of JENNIFER AMI HOFFMAN

No. 2276 Disciplinary Docket No. 3

Board File No. C3-16-362

Court of Judicial Discipline of Pennsylvania

November 22, 2016

United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, Misc. No. 1:16-mp-00001) Attorney Registration No. 90769, Dauphin County

ORDER

PER CURIAM

AND NOW, this 28th day of July, 2016, having failed to reply to this Court's directive of June 10, 2016, to provide reasons against the imposition of a reciprocal suspension, Jennifer Ami Hoffman is suspended from the practice of law in this Commonwealth for a period of six months. She is directed to comply with ail the provisions of Pa.R.D.E. 217.

Justice Mundy did not participate in the consideration or decision of this matter.

IN THE UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA

IN RE: JENNIFER AMI HOFFMAN, ESQ. ANDREW A. VARA, Acting United States Trustee, Movant

v.

JENNIFER AMI HOFFMAN, ESQ., Respondent

MISC. NO.: l:16-mp-00001MDF

ORDER

Upon consideration of the Complaint of Andrew A. Vara, Acting United States Trustee, requesting that an order be entered suspending Jennifer Ami Hoffman, Esq., ("Respondent") from the practice of law before this Court, and for the reasons set forth in the accompanying Opinion; it is hereby ORDERED that the Motion to suspend Respondent from practicing before this Court is GRANTED.

It is further ORDERED that Respondent is barred from practice before this Court for a period of six (6) months from the date of this Order irrespective of whether or not her administrative suspension by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania is lifted in the interim.

It is further ORDERED that at anytime six (6) months after the date of this Order, Respondent may petition the Court for readmission to practice upon a showing of the following:

(1) that she is a member in good standing of the Bar of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania;

(2) that she is prepared to competently and diligently represent her clients; and

(3) that she has disgorged all attorney compensation received from her former clients Eric K. Keefer and Carrie I. Keefer.

IN THE UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA

IN RE:

JENND7ER AMI HOFFMAN, ESQ.

ANDREW A. VARA, Acting United States Trustee, Movant

v.

JENND7ER AMI HOFFMAN, ESQ., Respondent

MISC. NO.: 1:16-mp-00001MDF

OPINION

Before me is the Complaint of Andrew A. Vara, Acting United States Trustee (the "UST"), requesting that an order be entered suspending Jennifer Ami Hoffman, Esq. ("Respondent") from the practice of law before this Court and imposing other relief.[1]

I. Procedural History

On February 22, 2016, the UST filed the Complaint in this miscellaneous proceeding and, thereafter, the Court issued an order setting a March 8, 2016 answer date and scheduling a hearing for March 22, 2016. The Complaint and Order were served on Respondent at her last known mailing address in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. At the hearing on March 22, Respondent did not appear. Dorothy Mott, Esq., appeared at the hearing to provide information regarding Respondent, but did not enter an appearance on her behalf. Ms. Mott requested that I continue the matter so that she could consult with Respondent and perhaps enter her appearance on Respondent's behalf. I granted the request, and a continued hearing was scheduled for April 18, 2016.

Respondent neither filed an answer to the Complaint nor retained counsel to represent her interests. On April 18, 2016, the UST requested an entry of default judgment against Respondent asserting that she had been properly served and had failed to file an answer or otherwise respond to the Complaint.

II.

Factual Findings[2]

Respondent has been admitted to practice before the Bankruptcy Court for die Middle District of Pennsylvania since 2003. In November 2015, bankruptcy debtors Sean R. Keefer and Karen L Keefer (the "Keefers") alleged that Respondent failed to inform them of a continued creditors' meeting scheduled in their case. The Keefers originally filed a Chapter 13 case, but when they were unable to make the plan payments, they elected to convert their case to Chapter 7. The creditors' meeting in the converted case was adjourned by the Chapter 7 trustee, but the Keefers were unaware that the meeting had be en rescheduled. Understandably...

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