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Former lawyer’s debts top $1M, court records show

Neil J. Lewis, the former prominent Baltimore personal injury lawyer who agreed to disbarment in September, owes various creditors approximately $1.3 million, according to court records.

The most recent confessed judgment was filed against Lewis last week by Pennsylvania-based Northwest Savings Bank, which alleges he defaulted on a $100,000 loan in November and owes approximately $64,000.

Lewis took out the loan in August 2004, according to the complaint, filed in Baltimore City Circuit Court.

The largest outstanding judgment against Lewis is for $520,000 by Florida-based TCA Global Credit Master Fund L.P., which specializes in lending to small companies, according to its website. A Florida state judge recorded the judgment in August, which was subsequently recorded as a foreign judgment in Baltimore in November.

Earlier this month, Gabrielle M. Duvall, a lawyer for TCA Global Credit, filed a request for an order directing Lewis to appear for an under-oath examination of his financial records because he had not paid any money on the judgment. A ruling on the request is pending.

Duvall, a partner with Linowes and Blocher LLP in Bethesda, did not respond to a request for comment.

On the same day TCA Global Credit wanted to see Lewis’ finances, a confessed judgment against Lewis and his wife, Andrea, for more than $512,000 was entered in Baltimore County Circuit Court in favor of The Harbor Bank of Maryland, according to online court records.

Shannon J. Posner, a lawyer for the bank, declined to comment on the case. Posner is with the Law Offices of Shannon J. Posner LLC in Sparks.

Lutherville-based Bay Bank FSB received a confessed judgment against Lewis for $75,000 in December, according to court records. The bank alleged Lewis took out a $100,000 in June 2008 and defaulted on it as of last October, according to its complaint for confessed judgment.

Ronald B. Katz, an Owings Mills solo practitioner representing Bay Bank, declined to comment on the case.

A confessed judgment is an acknowledgment of the debt, usually given when a commercial loan is extended, with the borrower’s acknowledgment the lender can record it as a judgment without litigation if the loan goes into default.

Prior to giving up his law license, Lewis was charged with multiple violations of the Rules of Professional conduct, including knowingly using client trust funds for unauthorized purposes. The Attorney Grievance Commission alleged Lewis withdrew almost $3 million from his trust fund between 2010 and 2012, and a hearing judge found settlement checks Lewis deposited on behalf of his clients were used for unauthorized purposes.

Lewis, a member of the Bar since 1965, has said he acted in “good faith and in the best interest of his clients” and any rules violations were “inadvertent and the result of his hectic and very busy work schedule.”

Realty LLC owes, too

In a fourth case filed by a creditor, Staten Island-based Prosperity Group Inc. alleged in June that it is owed more than $107,000 on loan made in 2013 to Lewis Realty Investments LLC, according to court documents. A Baltimore city judge last month granted Prosperity’s motion to compel answers to discovery.

Prosperity also filed a motion for judgment Monday, according to court online court records.

Joel D. Seledee of Marsden & Seledee LLC in Baltimore, Prosperity’s lawyer, did not respond to a request for comment.

Lewis Realty Investments is registered at Lewis’ former law office on Read Street in downtown Baltimore. Barry J. Diamond, Lewis’ former colleague who now operates his own solo practice at the office, said Lewis Realty invested in real estate but is no longer operating out of the Read Street office.

Diamond added he has not talked to Lewis in several months.

Another confessed judgment against Lewis Realty was entered Feb. 3 in Baltimore County Circuit Court in favor of Sandy Spring Bancorp Inc. of Olney for $21,000.

Jordan M. Spivok of Protas, Spivok & Collins LLC in Bethesda, Sandy Spring’s lawyer, did not respond to a request for comment.

A message left at Lewis’ home in Baltimore County was not returned.