Tuesday, August 21, 2012
The Maryland Court of appeals ordered disbarment in three separate attorney discipline matters.
One case involved an attorney who charged an unreqasonable fee and refused to return any porition to client in violation of multiple disciplinary rules.
The second case Involved a lawyer who "was unresponsive to his client; changed offices without telling them; failed to keep them informed about their matters; and instructed them to lie to the court about the nature of his representation.' He had engaged in intentional dishonesty and did not particiapte in the bar proceedings.
The third case involved an excessive fee. The attorney settled a fee dispute with a disabled client by taking a lien on the client's marital property settlement without giving an opportunity for independent legal advice. The attorney also had lied to the client. (Mike Frisch)