Allen Feingold had a less than conventional approach to litigation, such as allegedly choking a 74-year-old judge after an adverse arbitration ruling. Now, Philadelphia Common Pleas Court President Judge Pamela Pryor Dembe has ordered that he be locked out of his office to prevent him from continuing to practice law after his disbarment.
The Court recognizes that the lock-out order is “highly unique, highly unusual and highly necessary” to stop any continued practice while Feingold’s clients are told to find another lawyer. A former state Supreme Court Justice, Russell Nigro , has been appointed as a conservator to handle the remaining clients.
In the disbarment decision, the Court suggested that Feingold was using his wife as an alleged shield for practice:
Respondent’s testimony as to his law-related activities post – suspension again demonstrated his arrogant attitude. He admitted that he was not in compliance with Rule 217, and explained that while he knew he was not permitted to practice law, he believed if he did not continue to work on his cases there would be more disciplinary complaints filed against him. He continued to assist Attorney Dora Garcia, his wife.Respondent described this assistance in particular as answering questions in cases, and in general as helping Ms. Garcia with secretarial and legal assistant functions. The specifics of these activities are not clear
When he was asked in an earlier disciplinary proceeding about an attempt to strike a judge in 2004, Feingold stated “I figured hell, if I’m going to lose my license, at least let me get my one punch in.”
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