On Thursday, December 7, 2023, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania suspended attorney John Joseph Grenko for one year and one day after he admitted to multiple violations of professional conduct rules related to his handling of a guardianship case.
The case is entitled “Office of the Disciplinary Counsel v. John Joseph Grenko,” with case no. 141 DB 2023.
According to a joint petition filed by the Office of Disciplinary Counsel and Grenko on October 2, 2023, Grenko served as the guardian of the estate of Robert C. Peters beginning in October 2020 after Peters was deemed an incapacitated person. However, Grenko failed to fulfill several duties ordered by the Berks County Court of Common Pleas, including filing required reports and inventories on time.
Over the next two years, Grenko ignored multiple court orders directing him to file overdue reports and appear at scheduled hearings. Judge Jeffrey K. Sprecher held Grenko in contempt on multiple occasions and issued sanctions including fines totaling $4,000, which Grenko eventually paid. However, Grenko continued failing to comply with court orders to submit filings in the guardianship case.
In April 2023, Judge Sprecher found Grenko in contempt again and jailed him briefly until President Judge M. Theresa Johnson transferred the case and vacated the contempt order. But Grenko still did not submit all required reports and accountings of his handling of Peters’ estate.
In their October 2023 joint petition, Grenko admitted to violating Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct governing competence, diligence, withdrawal from representation for health reasons, and conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice. Grenko also failed to timely report his contempt findings to the Disciplinary Board, as required.
Taking into account Grenko’s admissions, cooperation, and prior discipline history including a 2014 admonition and 2021 public reprimand, the Office of Disciplinary Counsel and Grenko recommended a one-year and one-day suspension. On December 7, 2023, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania granted the joint petition and suspended Grenko from practicing law for that length of time.
Under the terms of the suspension, Grenko must comply with rules for suspended attorneys and pay the costs of the disciplinary proceedings.
According to avvo.com, Mr. Grenko is a child custody attorney in Reading, Pennsylvania. He attended the University of Toledo College of Law, graduating in 1976. He acquired his law license in Pennsylvania the same year.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.