On Friday, November 3, 2023, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania issued an order suspending Attorney Benjamin M. Soto from the practice of law in the state for a period of six months, following his failure to respond to a Notice and Order relating to his suspension in the District of Columbia.
The case is titled ‘In the Matter of Benjamin Manuel Soto,’ with case no. 128 DB 2023.
The order states that Attorney Soto failed to respond to a notice directing him to provide reasons against the imposition of reciprocal discipline from the disciplinary action taken by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals under case number 22-BG-0601.
On August 3, 2023, Attorney Benjamin M. Soto was suspended from practicing law for six months by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. The suspension stemmed from misconduct that occurred during a real estate transaction he handled in March 2021. The District of Columbia Office of Disciplinary Counsel alleged that Soto falsely altered the deed and corresponding tax form to change the consideration from $0 to $450,000. He was also accused of delaying the recording of key documents and failing to distribute funds as outlined in the settlement statement.
As a result of Attorney Soto’s failure to respond, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has suspended him from practicing law in Pennsylvania for a period of six months. The order also directs Soto to comply with the requirements of Pennsylvania Rule of Disciplinary Enforcement 217.
The disposition reads:
“AND NOW, this 3rd day of November 2023, having failed to respond to a Notice and Order directing him to provide reasons against the imposition of reciprocal discipline, Benjamin Manuel Soto is suspended from the practice of law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for a period of six months. He shall comply with the provisions of Pa.R.D.E.217.”
According to foundationhousing.com, Attorney Benjamin Manuel Soto is a real estate lawyer and the owner and president of Premium Title & Escrow, LLC.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.