On December 7, 2022, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania suspended a Harrisburg attorney Corey James Adamson over the case of misconduct. The case is entitled “Office of the Disciplinary Counsel v Corey James Adamson” with Case #87 DB 2022.
The charges cited rules of professional conduct 1.1, 1.3, 1.4(a)(3), 1.4(a)(4), 1.4 (b), 8.4(c), 8.4(d) which states :
A lawyer shall provide competent representation to a client. Competent representation requires the legal knowledge, skill, thoroughness, and preparation reasonably necessary for the representation.
A lawyer shall act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client.
A lawyer shall keep the client reasonably informed about the status of the matter.
A lawyer shall promptly comply with reasonable requests for information.
A lawyer shall explain a matter to the extent reasonably necessary to permit the client to make informed decisions regarding the representation.
It is professional misconduct for a lawyer to engage in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation.
It is professional misconduct for a lawyer to engage in prejudicial conduct to the administration of justice.
On September 20, 2022, through an Affidavit, Corey James Adamson declared his consent to the imposition of a one-year and one-day suspension, as jointly recommended by the Petitioner, Office of Disciplinary Counsel over a case of misconduct. During the course of the respondent’s representations, clients requested updates from the respondent. But instead of properly communicating the details of the case, the respondent made misleading statements.
The filing states:
“In response, Respondent made false and misleading statements as to his progress. 13. Specifically, in a memo to KINBER’s Board of Directors dated April 29, 2019, Respondent stated that a portion of the project for which he had fully signed agreements was 50% complete, a second portion for which the arrangements still needed one or two signatures was 30% complete, and a third portion which he had to “start from scratch” was 20% complete.
Respondent admitted that he misrepresented the level of completion of the project. He also admitted that he did not provide the documents requested by the client.”
In another matter, the respondent did the same violation and stated false and misleading statements.
The filing continues:
‘This statement was false and misleading in that Respondent had not filed the second amended petition. Ms. Miller asked the Respondent for an update on a hearing date. 33. On July 15, 2019, Respondent replied that he had called the judge’s chambers and was informed that he would be getting a hearing date that week. This statement was false and misleading.’
In a Joint petition in support of Discipline against the respondent, Adamson was suspended by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.
The Disposition states:
“And now, this 7th day of December 2022, upon consideration of the Recommendation of the Three-Member Panel of the Disciplinary Board, the Joint Petition in Support of Discipline on Consent is granted, and Corey James Adamson is suspended on consent from the Bar of this Commonwealth for a period of one year and one day. Respondent shall comply with all the provisions of Pa.R.D.E. 217 and pay costs to the Disciplinary Board. See Pa.R.D.E. 208(g).”
As of today, Ms. Adamson is listed on the website of the law firm Law Office of Jason R. Carpenter as a practicing attorney. His info can be found on Martindale.com. He attended The Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University graduating in 2005. Adamson practices in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.