On Thursday, August 10, 2023, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania reinstated attorney Paul Joseph Staub, Jr. after being disbarred for misappropriation of funds, falsification of documents, and false statements to the court.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Paul Joseph Staub, Jr.,” with case no. 36 DB 2010.

Staub’s unethical behavior revolved around the improper handling of funds, the creation of fabricated documents, and the dissemination of false information to the court. Between 2007 and 2008, Staub faced significant allegations of misconduct. Initially, he was accused of embezzling $108,510 from an escrow account designated for safeguarding the proceeds from a divorce-related sale of a marital home. To conceal this misappropriation, Staub resorted to fabricating reports and distorting facts presented to the court. As the inquiry into the initial incident unfolded, a subsequent case emerged. Staub was then charged with mishandling an oil and gas investment venture, resulting in his clients incurring losses of roughly $115,000.

These actions constituted a serious breach of trust within the legal profession. However, upon close examination, it was determined that while the breach was indeed significant, it did not reach a level of severity that would entirely prohibit the deliberation of his potential reinstatement.

Staub’s previous petition for reinstatement had been denied, but he presented evidence of rehabilitation, remorse, and personal growth since the time of his disbarment. Witnesses testified to his changed character, including his improved relationship with family and community, and his dedication to helping others, including substance abuse recovery. Staub admitted his wrongdoing and expressed sincere regret, emphasizing that he now comprehended the impact of his actions on others and the legal profession. The Board recommended that Staub’s reinstatement be approved based on his demonstrated rehabilitation and positive transformation.

The report and recommendations continue:

“Staub testified that his path toward redemption started in 2008 after his arrest when he began receiving treatment from Dr. Trivus for his personal issues. Staub stated that Dr. Trivus showed him that “good people can make awful decisions. What is important is that good people learn from those decisions and do not repeat them.” Staub testified as to his employment plans if reinstated.”

Considering the circumstances outlined above, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania opted to grant reinstatement to Staub, Jr.

The Disposition states:

“AND NOW, this 10th day of August 2023, the Petition for Reinstatement is granted. The petitioner is ordered to pay the expenses incurred by the Board in the investigation and processing of the Petition for Reinstatement. See Pa.R.D.E. 21 8(f).”

Mr. Staub practices in Allison Park, Pennsylvania. He is licensed in Pennsylvania. His info can be found on padisciplinaryboard.org.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.