October 28, 2011
Pro Hac Lies Draw Disbarment
The Maryland Court of Appeals has held that disbarment was the appropriate sanction where an attorney "intentionally misrepresented his residency status in applications for pro hac vice admissions for to California state and federal courts, as well as third persons."
The attorney was admitted in 1981. He is self-employed and also works for a foundation that he created. He also "has a part-time 'national practice' and has been admitted pro hac vice in 25 different jurisdictions, mostly federal courts, across the United States." He was residing in California without ties to Maryland when he sought pro hac admission in a California matter based on purported Maryland residency.
Some courts take such misconduct seriously. Some don't. (Mike Frisch)
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