Monday, November 25, 2013

Stress Creates Problems But Mitigates Sanction

The Maryland Court of Appeals has imposed an indefinite suspension of an attorney who was admitted in 1997.

The attorney had retired for medical reasons from the Office of the Attorney General. He then opened his own office.

The court found he had engaged in incompetent representation, lacked diligence and failed to communicate with clients in two matters. In one matter, he also had facilitated the unauthorized practice of law by a disbarred lawyer.

The court declined to impose disbarment in light of findings that the attorney suffers from depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress.

Thus, "indefinite suspension is the more appropriate sanction..." (Mike Frisch)

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