On Thursday, January 18, 2024, the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania issued a public reprimand to attorney Brian Christopher Eves for violating the rules of professional conduct.

The case is entitled “Office of the Disciplinary Counsel v. Brian Christopher Eves,” with case no. 2 DB 2024.

According to documents filed with the Disciplinary Board, Eves represented Roxanne Rife in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy case filed in September 2020 in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. However, Eves failed to fully disclose all of Ms. Rife’s assets, liabilities, and creditors in the initial filings, inaccurately stating that she had completed a required credit counseling certificate when she had done so.

Eves also failed to communicate to Ms. Rife that after filing for bankruptcy, she could not transfer her interest in a marital home to her ex-husband without notice to creditors and approval from the bankruptcy trustee and court. In October 2020, the York County Court of Common Pleas approved the equitable property distribution from Ms. Rife’s divorce that provided her $17,000 for her interest in the marital home, but Eves had not properly disclosed this transaction.

The U.S. Trustee’s Office also sanctioned Eves $250 in April 2021 for failing to obtain Ms. Rife’s signature on bankruptcy documents. To resolve the matter, Eves paid $20,000 in May 2021 as part of a settlement releasing all claims against him and his malpractice insurer. Eves self-reported his conduct violating bankruptcy rules to the Disciplinary Board in August 2021.

Based on the evidence and Eves’ admissions, the Office of Disciplinary Counsel and Eves jointly petitioned for a public reprimand, which the Disciplinary Board approved in its January 18, 2024 order. Eves had received a prior informal admonition in 2017 for other rule violations. The public reprimand will now appear permanently on Eves’ disciplinary record.

The Disposition states:

“ORDERED that BRIAN CHRISTOPHER EVES be subjected to a PUBLIC REPRIMAND by the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania as provided in Rule 204(a) and Rule 205(c)(9) of the Pennsylvania Rules of Disciplinary Enforcement.”

According to avvo.com, Mr. Eves is an attorney in New Hope, Pennsylvania. He acquired his law license in Pennsylvania in 2004.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.