On Wednesday, May 3, 2023, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania suspended attorney Edward Harrington Heyburn for failing to respond to reciprocal discipline order after his suspension from New Jersey for making false assurances to clients.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Edward Harrington Heyburn,” with case no. 35 DB 2023.

On November 28, 2022, the Supreme Court of New Jersey issued back-to-back suspension orders against the respondent for multiple instances of misconduct involving first, making false assurances to his client that the latter’s case was pending and doing well, but then failing to properly serve a 2011 complaint which resulted in the dismissal of his client’s complaint without prejudice. Thereafter, the respondent failed to take corrective action thereby allowing the statute of limitations to run and causing the permanent extinguishment of his client’s potential cause of action. The second matter is regarding the respondent’s deception in connection with his applications for pro hac vice admission in Pennsylvania and his refusal to cooperate with the disciplinary authorities, along with his extensive disciplinary history for dishonest conduct.

The report states:

“The New Jersey Disciplinary Board determined to impose a two-year suspension consecutive to his back-to-back suspension on January 13, 2022, and disbarment for the DRB-21-266 and DRB-22-047 matters, respectively. Accordingly, the Supreme Court of New Jersey ruled against Mr. Heyburn in relation to his multiple violations of the Rules of Professional Conduct and issued two Orders of Suspension against Heyburn.”

After his suspension from New Jersey, the respondent failed to respond to a notice and order from the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania directing him to provide reasons against the imposition of reciprocal discipline. In lieu of this, the former decided to suspend the respondent.

The Disposition states:

“AND NOW, this 3rd day of May 2023, having failed to respond to a Notice and Order directing him to provide reasons against the imposition of reciprocal discipline, Edward Harrington Heyburn is suspended from the practice of law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for a period of 2 years, consecutive to the 18-month term of suspension ordered by this Court on October 5, 2022.”

Mr. Heyburn attended the Widener University School of Law, graduating in 1997. He practices in East Windsor, New Jersey. He is licensed in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. His info can be found on avvo.com.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.