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Attorney Discipline in Pennsylvania 2022 : Interview with Dana M. Pirone

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  • Start Date:2022-09-19 20:00:00
  • End Date:2024-09-19 20:00:00
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  • Level:Basic
  • Topics:Ethics

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Join Ellen C. Brotman and Amy J. Coco, two experienced ethics attorneys, as they discuss the attorney disciplinary process in Pennsylvania and review local and national developments in professional responsibility and ethics.

In this session, they welcome Office of Disciplinary Counsel Dana M. Pirone to discuss how the complaint intake process leads to the initial step in the disciplinary process: the Request for Respondent’s Position. 

The discussion focuses on:

  • The do’s and don’ts of responding to the Request
  • What records must be provided
  • How a disciplinary request differs from any other type of pleading
  • The process for reviewing the answer 
  • Recent disciplinary Board decisions

All attendees will receive the course book as a digital download. A printed copy of the course book is available, at a discount to attendees, for $40. If you wish to purchase the printed version of the course book, please call PBI Customer Service at 800-932-4637.

Recorded in September 2022.



Dana Pirone Esq.

Ms. Richardson has been a proactive advocate for her clients since entering the Bar in 2007. Her ambitions in the pursuit of law began at Duquesne University School of Law, where she was a class representative in the Student Bar Association, and where she became a finalist in the prestigious Carol Los Mansmann Appellate Advocacy Competition. Upon graduating from Duquesne University and receiving her Juris Doctorate in 2007, she sat for the bar examination and was admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar that year. While a law student at Duquesne, Ms. Richardson was hired by Charles Tini and Associates in Pittsburgh, PA as Assistant General Counsel. Her position with the company exemplified her abilities to analyze complex business contracts and legal issues related to housing and real estate matters. Her time at Charles Tini and Associates included practical experience preparing civil complaints; attending hearings, arbitrations and trials, and orchestrating intricate discovery requests during litigation. In 2008, Ms. Richardson accepted a position at Dornish & Scolieri, PC as an attorney handling multiple practice areas. Her work at the law firm required her exceptional analytical skills and legal knowledge in matters involving Pennsylvania property law, landlord-tenant law, business law, and civil litigation. While meeting and often exceeding her client’s needs and case outcomes, she became known as an attorney who was reachable and responsive to all of her clients’ communications. Her successful attorney-client relationships coupled with her success as a litigator led to establishing a law firm with Attorney Beth Tibbott. At Tibbott & Richardson, Ms. Tibbott and Ms. Richardson are passionate about the work they do for their clients. The legal duo brings a tenacious work ethic to their practice while treating every client they take with respect and honesty. Ms. Richardson puts her comprehensive legal skills to work in the area of family law, where she helps her clients resolve difficult family issues so that they can move forward with their lives. She is also a skilled in the area of criminal defense, assisting clients to avoid harsh penalties that could disrupt their lives. Currently the only African-American sworn in to the Common Pleas Court of Cambria County, Ms. Richardson continues to be a bold litigator and a sincere advocate for her clients. She has been named a Top 100 Attorney by National Black Lawyers.

Ellen Brotman Esq.

Ms. Brotman is the founder of Brotman Law in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her practice focuses on professional responsibility, and ethics, investigations, white collar criminal defense and appellate advocacy. Ms. Brotman has represented lawyers before the Disciplinary Board of Pennsylvania for over 20 years and has defended a wide variety of white-collar crimes involving complex trial, sentencing and appellate issues. Prior to starting Brotman Law, Ms. Brotman was a partner at Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP, where she defended criminal cases in federal courts, oversaw investigations, and represented professionals in state disciplinary proceedings. From 1995 to 1998, as an assistant federal defender with the Defender Association of Philadelphia, Ms. Brotman provided criminal defense for indigent clients in federal court at trial and appellate levels. Before coming to Philadelphia, Ms. Brotman served as a law clerk to Hon. Lee P. Gagliardi, United States District Judge, Southern District of New York. Ms. Brotman is a frequent writer and speaker on the subjects of criminal defense and professional responsibility related matters. She is also a member of the board of the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and a past member of the board of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Ms. Brotman sits on the Professional Guidance Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. Ms. Brotman has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America and Pennsylvania SuperLawyers for over ten years and, in 2014 was one of the Legal Intelligencer’s Women of the Year. Ms. Brotman is Chair of the Board of the People’s Emergency Center Foundation in Philadelphia, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of homeless families.

Amy Coco Esq.

Ms. Coco, a
shareholder at DiBella Weinheimer, focuses her practice on representing
lawyers, judges and law students; including in civil litigation matters,
ethics and professional responsibility representation and counseling,
practice before the Disciplinary Board, Board of Law Examiners, Court of
Judicial Discipline and the Client Security Fund; law firm organization and
structure including employment matters related to lawyers; risk management
and law practice management counseling. She serves as the Pennsylvania Bar
Association’s Woman At Large Governor, Chair of the PBA’s Diversity Equity
and Inclusion Team and Vice-Chair of the PBA’s Legal Ethics and Professional
Responsibility Committee. She is a Governor of the Allegheny County Bar
Association, serves as Chair of the ACBA’s By-Law’s Committee and a Duty
Officer for the ACBA’s Ethics Committee. She is the Director of Pitt Law
School’s Incubator program helping lawyers set up solo practices. She is also
a  Washington County and Philadelphia County Bar Association member
and a member of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers.

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