attorney discipline

Jan 20, 2023

Indicted medical malpractice attorney Snyder reinstated to Maryland bar

Federally indicted medical malpractice lawyer Stephen L. Snyder has been reinstated to the Maryland bar.

Dec 20, 2022

Complaints up, disbarments down, Md. attorney grievance panel finds

The number of ethics complaints against Maryland attorneys rose in fiscal year 2022 but the number of disbarments dropped, the state's Attorney Grievance Commission says.

Aug 1, 2022

Attorney indefinitely suspended for ‘antisemitic and highly offensive’ client letter

Maryland's Court of Appeals has indefinitely suspended a Virginia-based lawyer who sent an "antisemitic and highly offensive" letter to a client.

The Maryland Supreme Court (formerly the Court of Appeals) building in Annapolis. MF-D 9/20/04.
Jul 26, 2022

Md. high court disbars lawyer who lied about filing complaint for 6 years

A unanimous Maryland high court disbarred a Largo attorney who lied to a client for six years about having filed a lawsuit on her behalf.

Jul 11, 2022

Snapchat post leads to student’s suspension, First Amendment challenge

Welcome to Monday, the 218th anniversary of Aaron Burr’s slaying of Alexander Hamilton in a duel. Here are some other news items. — U.S. appeals court revives Colorado student’s First Amendment challenge to suspension based on offensive Snapchat post. — Massachusetts’ high court upholds state’s mail-in voting law challenged by Republican Party chair. — Vir[...]

Jul 7, 2022

Court of Appeals suspends Ravenell’s law license after federal conviction

Convicted money launderer Kenneth W. Ravenell’s Maryland law license will be suspended beginning Sept. 6, Maryland’s top court ordered.

Jul 1, 2022

Md. appeals court upholds client protection fund’s denial of $2.6M reimbursement bid

The trustees of the Maryland Bar’s Client Protection Fund validly rejected a man’s request to be reimbursed for the $2.6 million a since-convicted and disbarred attorney bilked from the escrow account the lawyer had managed for him, the state’s second highest court ruled Wednesday. In its reported 3-0 decision, the Court of Special Appeals said […]

Mar 16, 2022

Md. high court disbars lawyer who violated ‘fundamental obligation’

A unanimous Maryland high court this month disbarred an attorney who violated the “fundamental obligation to safeguard client funds.”

Feb 2, 2022

Maryland lawyer wins limited Fifth Amendment victory in ethics case

A Maryland lawyer who invoked the Fifth Amendment during a bar counsel investigation into ethical violations will get the chance to present mitigating factors to a judge following a new ruling from Maryland’s highest court. The lawyer, Edward A. Malone, will still face disciplinary action for violations of the Maryland Lawyers’ Rules of Professional Conduct […]

Feb 1, 2022

High court dismisses ethics complaint, says lawyer relied on bar counsel

Maryland’s top court Monday unanimously dismissed bar counsel’s allegation that a District of Columbia attorney had engaged in the unauthorized practice of law in the state, saying the lawyer had in fact followed the Office of Bar Counsel’s instructions to her on permissibly operating a law office in Maryland while licensed elsewhere. In ruling for […]

Nov 22, 2021

Texting instructions during deposition lands attorney in trouble

Welcome to Monday, the 58th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy‘s assassination. Here are some news items. — Florida Supreme Court suspends lawyer who texted instructions to client during deposition. — Lawyer who said he thinks “like a criminal” has become a convicted felon. — Would accepting a refund for the Astroworld concert waive an […]

Nov 1, 2021

Disbarments, complaints against Maryland lawyers hit years-old lows, panel finds

The number of Maryland attorneys hit with an ethical complaint registered a 20-year low in fiscal year 2021 and the number of lawyers disbarred was the lowest in a dozen years in FY2021, which ended June 30, the state’s Attorney Grievance Commission has reported. The 1,433 complaints lodged with the commission in FY2021 continued a […]

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