Thursday, February 27, 2014

Discipline Trifecta

Prominent divorce attorney Glenn C. Lewis has been disbarred by the Maryland Court of Appeals.

The court imposed discipline based on findings of misconduct in a Maryland matter.

Lewis had his license revoked in Virginia. The District of Columbia  imposed disbarment as reciprocal discipline for the Virginia misconduct.

The Blog of the Legal Times reported on the D.C. sanction

Glenn Lewis, a one-time prominent member of the Washington-area divorce bar, was disbarred yesterday. The order comes several months after the Virginia State Bar stripped him of his law license.

The Virginia disciplinary board found Lewis took fees from clients without doing work he was hired for, mishandled client funds and failed to keep required financial records, among other charges. The Virginia State Bar revoked his license in May.

On October 17, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals disbarred Lewis, citing the Virginia decision. According to yesterday's order, Lewis did not respond to a previous court order asking him why it shouldn't disbar him...

...Before the disciplinary proceedings, Lewis was a well-known member of the bar when it came to family law matters. The Washington Post reported he once said in an interview that he was the most expensive lawyer in the region, charging $850 per hour for his services. In 2004, the Virginia State Bar’s family law section gave him a lifetime achievement award.

Losing the license to practice law in the entire D.C. Metropolitan area qualifies as a very different lifetime achievement award. (Mike Frisch)

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