Disbarment

Mar 28, 2023

Elkton lawyer disbarred for misappropriating ‘hundreds of thousands’ from client

A unanimous Maryland Supreme Court disbarred a Cecil County lawyer who withdrew for her own use hundreds of thousands of dollars from her client's bank account.

Feb 6, 2023

Md. high court disbars attorney who withheld default judgment from client

Maryland Supreme Court disbarred an attorney whose client discovered it had lost in court only after its bank had withdrawn the damages award from its account.

Dec 5, 2022

Was this manslaughter or mercy?

Welcome to Monday, the 89th anniversary of the end of Prohibition. Here are some other news items. — British man will plead guilty to manslaughter in alleged mercy killing of wife. — Fired Harvard fencing coach faces bribery charge in admissions scandal. — Nevada disbars attorney who formed firm with nonlawyer who did legal work. […]

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.

Jun 17, 2022

Md. high court disbars Rockville attorney who lied to opposing party

The Maryland high court disbarred a Rockville attorney who falsely told an opposing party she was under court order to answer his questions.

Jun 6, 2022

D.C. lawyer disbarred in Md. for continuing to practice law while suspended

Maryland's Court of Appeals disbarred a D.C. lawyer who continued representing a client in a custody case after she had been suspended from practicing law in Maryland.

May 27, 2022

Md. high court disbars lawyer who ‘borrowed’ from attorney trust

Maryland’s Court of Appeals this week disbarred a Westminster attorney who “violated one of the most sacred obligations” of the legal profession by borrowing money from his attorney trust account without permission from a client. The court found that Clifford B. Silbiger’s lengthy and otherwise untarnished career as a lawyer was not enough to prevent […]

May 16, 2022

Disbarred lawyer runs for mayor of DC

Today is Monday, the 95th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Sullivan that ill-gotten gains — in this case the sale of bootlegged liquor — are subject to income tax. Here are some other news items. — Washington’s next mayor could be a disbarred lawyer. — Indian couple sue their son […]

May 2, 2022

Law firm associates leaving at record rate, survey finds

Departures of associates leads news items, including UVA gets new counsel, defense lawyers object to Astroworld documentary, and a lack of tenants' attorneys.

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.”

Mar 14, 2022

Court disbars Md. attorney who padded expenses, cheated law firm

Maryland’s top court has disbarred a Bethesda attorney for cheating not his clients but the law firm he co-founded out of nearly $15,000 by padding his expense reports during a seven-year period. Keith M. Bonner engaged in “knowing and intentional dishonesty” in seeking compensation from the firm Bonner Kiernan Trebach & Crociata LLP for the […]

Feb 28, 2022

Lies don’t always mean disbarment, Maryland high court says

An attorney’s intentional dishonesty to a court, client or bar counsel no longer results necessarily in the loss of a law license, Maryland’s top court ruled.

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