Wednesday, September 11, 2013
"For reasons to be stated in an opinion later to be filed," the Maryland Court of Appeals has disbarred an attorney.
The attorney was suspended for at least one year by the Delaware Supreme Court in a matter where he had misappriopriated fees from his firm on eight occasions.
At the time, he was "experiencing personal and emotional problems because of deaths in his family." He engaged in the misconduct after the firm "instituted a twenty-five percent pay cut for its partners, to ensure the firm's survival during the economic recession."
The firm caught and fired him, giving him two weeks to self-report to the Office of Disciplinary Counsel. He did so and reimbursed to the firm the total amount of $1,780.
I have previously noted that Maryland is tougher on lawyers sanctions than the District of Columbia.
If I were a betting man, I'd wager that the opinion to follow here will announce that Maryland is tougher than Delaware as well. (Mike Frisch)