On Thursday, September 28, 2023, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania denied the Petition for Reinstatement of Attorney Craig B. Sokolow, a Pennsylvania lawyer who was earlier suspended on December 11, 2019.
The case is titled ‘In the Matter of Craig B. Sokolow with case no. 83DB 2018.
The incident pertains to Attorney Sokolow’s two-year suspension which he filed a Petition for Reinstatement on March 10, 2022. The suspension stems from Attorney Sokolow’s ethical violations such as making false statements to a judge and failing to file necessary documents during a civil case. These actions led to his suspension and subsequent disciplinary proceedings.
The Office of Disciplinary Counsel (ODC) filed a response to the Petition for Reinstatement on August 8, 2022, expressing concerns about Sokolow’s ability to meet the reinstatement burden. A reinstatement hearing was conducted on December 13 and 14, 2022. Attorney Sokolow testified on his own behalf, and ODC presented witnesses and exhibits. The Hearing Committee overruled Sokolow’s objection to exhibits related to the reasons for his suspension. After the hearing, both parties were instructed to submit briefs in support of their positions.
On April 17, 2023, the Committee concluded that Attorney Sokolow had failed to meet his reinstatement burden and recommended denying the Petition for Reinstatement. Subsequently, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania denied the Petition for Reinstatement and ordered Attorney Sokolow to pay the expenses incurred by the Board in the investigation and processing of the petition.
The disposition reads:
“AND NOW, this 28th day of September 2023, the Petition for Reinstatement is denied. Petitioner is ordered to pay the expenses incurred by the Board in the investigation and processing of the Petition for Reinstatement”
According to Avvo.com, Attorney Craig B. Sokolow is a tax fraud and tax evasion attorney in Philadelphia, PA. He attended the Texas Tech University School of Law, graduating in 1976. He acquired his law license in Pennsylvania in 1991.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.