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Bar counsel: Lawyers had fewer complaints, more responsiveness amid COVID

Succession planning is "not something just for the older members of the bar,” says Bar Counsel Lydia Lawless. (File Photo)

COVID-19 -inspired concern for personal safety and greater use of email during the pandemic last spring might have contributed to fewer complaints being filed against Maryland attorneys and fewer lawyers failing to respond to bar counsel in fiscal 2020 — ...

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Ex-prosecutor Cassilly withheld evidence, misled court, says bar counsel

Harford County State's Attorney Joseph I. Cassilly in his Bel Air, Md. office (File)

Then-Harford County State’s Attorney Joseph I. Cassilly withheld a potentially exculpatory report from defense counsel in a long-running first-degree murder case and then misled the post-conviction court about its existence, Maryland’s bar counsel has alleged in a disciplinary petition filed ...

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Potomac attorney disbarred for failing to represent client

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Potomac attorney Kenneth Steven Kaufman was disbarred Friday by the Maryland Court of Appeals, which found he violated multiple rules of professional conduct by failing to communicate with a client. The violations included failing to inform his client of a ...

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Complaints down, sanctions up, says Attorney Grievance Commission

Succession planning is "not something just for the older members of the bar,” says Bar Counsel Lydia Lawless. (File Photo)

The number of complaints filed against Maryland lawyers dropped for a second consecutive year and again hit a 10-year low in fiscal 2019, which ended June 30, the Attorney Grievance Commission stated in its recently released annual report. However, the ...

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Md. high court sanctions siblings for attorney misconduct

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The disciplinary woes of a Pikesville family of attorneys grew this week as Maryland’s top court made it less likely that one brother will ever get his law license back, due to misrepresentations to bar counsel, and suspended another for 90 days for failing to safeguard client funds.

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Md. high court disbars lawyer who failed ‘basics,’ ignored bar counsel

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Maryland’s top court has disbarred a Columbia solo practitioner who repeatedly harmed the same client by failing the “basic” duty of serving notice on the two motorists who allegedly struck her vehicle in separate incidents – and then not telling her, even after both claims had been dismissed.

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