Farmington Hills attorney Pamela Radzinski has received a 24-month suspension from the practice of law in Michigan, the Attorney Discipline Board (ADB) reported Tuesday. The suspension, Radzinski’s second in less than two years, is deemed effective Dec. 29, 2012.
ADB Tri-County Hearing Panel #58 found that Radzinski accepted a new retainer or engagement as an attorney in a new case or legal matter after the entry of her first order of suspension but prior to its effective date; failed to explain a matter to the extent reasonably necessary to permit her client to make informed decisions regarding the representation; failed to keep her own property separate from property of clients or third persons in connection with a representation; and intentionally failed to deposit legal fees and expenses paid in advance into a client trust account.
The panel ordered Radzinski’s suspension from the practice of law in Michigan for 24 months, and directed her to pay restitution $970.00 and costs of $2,536.31.
Radzinski’s first suspension was for 270 days, effective July 7, 2011. She had not been reinstated from the 270-day suspension as of the effective date of the 24-month suspension. Therefore, Radzinski has been suspended from the practice of law in Michigan continuously since July 7, 2011.
ADB records show that Radzinski also received a reprimand, effective Dec. 5, 2009.