An attorney from Beaver has been disbarred by the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court.
John Michael Biondi was disbarred following a complaint issued against him by the Office of Disciplinary Counsel. Action against Biondi began back in 2011, after the Family Court Administrator of Butler County was repeatedly unable to contact him about domestic relations matters involving several of his clients. Butler County President Judge Thomas Doerr ultimately issued an order removing him from those cases.
The Pennsylvania Office of Disciplinary Counsel attempted to contact Biondi to resolve the issues, but he ignored their letters and phone calls as well.
Investigators for the Disciplinary Board tracked Biondi to “Witch Flavor?” ice cream parlor on Third Street in Beaver, where they hand delivered letters about the disciplinary actions being taken against him.
John Biondi had opened up Witch Flavor? along with a partner back in 2011, although he is no longer involved in the operation of the business.
Investigators reported that Biondi would open the letters handed to him, read them, then summarily dismiss them. He also failed to show up to several admonishment and disciplinary hearings scheduled in his case before the Office of Disciplinary Counsel. Biondi refused to provide staff from the Disciplinary Counsel’s office with his current address to send further communications.
“Respondent has made no effort to confront his disciplinary issues and has provided no evidence that he values his privilege to practice law,” wrote the Office of Disciplinary Counsel. “He has forfeited any opportunity to accept responsibility and express remorse.”
The Pennsylvania Office of Disciplinary Counsel recommended that Biondi have his license to practice law suspended for four years for failing to respond to their various inquiries and hearings. The Pennsylvania State Supreme court instead issued a rule requiring him to show cause why he should not be disbarred. After he failed to respond to their letters as well, the Supreme Court issued a final order disbarring him from the Commonwealth.
Biondi could not be reached for comment.
Editorial Note: This article originally identified John Biondi as being an active operator of Witch Flavor? in Beaver. Although his name is still listed on the company’s website and in various state filings, he no longer helps to run the now popular establishment that he once cofounded.