February 20, 2014
In the Matter of a Member of the Bar of the Supreme Court of the State of Delaware: WILLIAM M. CHASANOV, Petitioner
Submitted January 29, 2014.
Case Closed March 10, 2014.
This decision has been designated as "Table of Decisions Without Published Opinions." in the Atlantic Reporter.
ODC File Nos. 2012-0052-B; and 2012-0285-B.
Before BERGER, JACOBS and RIDGELY, Justices.
Carolyn Berger Justice.
This 20th day of February 2014, it appears to the Court that Petitioner, William M. Chasanov, Esquire, has requested a transfer to disability inactive status pursuant to Rule 19(b) of the Delaware Lawyers' Rules of Disciplinary Procedure. Currently under submission before this Court, in Case No. 675, 2013, is the Report of the Board on Professional Responsibility on a consolidated Petition for Discipline involving Petitioner in Board Case Nos. 2012-0052-B and 2012-0285-B. The Office of Disciplinary Counsel has filed its opposition to Petitioner's request for transfer to disability inactive status.
The Court, having reviewed the record, finds that there is sufficient evidence to support that Petitioner is suffering from health problems which adversely affect his ability to practice law:
1. For good cause shown, the Petitioner is transferred to disability inactive status pursuant to Rule 19(b) until such time as he can demonstrate by clear and convincing evidence that any disabilities have been removed;
2. During the period of disability inactive status, the Petitioner shall not: (a) share in any legal fees arising from clients or cases referred by him during the period of disability inactive to any other lawyer or (b) share in any legal fees earned for services by others during such period of disability inactive. The Petitioner also shall be prohibited from having any contact with clients or prospective clients or witnesses or prospective witnesses when acting as a paralegal, legal assistant, or law clerk under the supervision of a member of the Delaware Bar;
3. This Order shall be made public;
4. The pending disciplinary matters in Case No. 675, 2013 against the Petitioner are stayed; and
5. The Office of Disciplinary Counsel shall apply to the Court of Chancery for the appointment of a receiver of the practice of the Petitioner pursuant to Procedural Rule 24.