The Supreme Court of South Carolina
In the Matter of John L. Drennan, Respondent.
The Office of Disciplinary Counsel has filed a petition asking this Court to place respondent on interim suspension pursuant to Rule 17, RLDE, Rule 413, SCACR, and seeking the appointment of an attorney to protect respondents clients interests pursuant to Rule 31, RLDE, Rule 413, SCACR. Respondent consents to being placed on interim suspension.
IT IS ORDERED that respondents license to practice law in this state is suspended until further order of the Court.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Joseph S. Schmutz, Esquire, is hereby appointed to assume responsibility for respondents client files, trust account(s), escrow account(s), operating account(s), and any other law office account(s) respondent may maintain. Mr. Schmutz shall take action as required by Rule 31, RLDE, Rule 413, SCACR, to protect the interests of respondents clients. Mr. Schmutz may make disbursements from respondents trust account(s), escrow account(s), operating account(s), and any other law office account(s) respondent may maintain that are necessary to effectuate this appointment.
This Order, when served on any bank or other financial institution maintaining trust, escrow and/or operating accounts of respondent, shall serve as an injunction to prevent respondent from making withdrawals from the account(s) and shall further serve as notice to the bank or other financial institution that Joseph S. Schmutz, Esquire, has been duly appointed by this Court.
Finally, this Order, when served on any office of the United States Postal Service, shall serve as notice that Joseph S. Schmutz, Esquire, has been duly appointed by this Court and has the authority to receive respondents mail and the authority to direct that respondents mail be delivered to Mr. Schmutzs office.
This appointment shall be for a period of no longer than nine months unless request is made to this Court for an extension.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Jean H. Toal C.J.
FOR THE COURT
Columbia, South Carolina
December 19, 2007