Friday, May 16, 2014
The Maryland Court of Appeals has disbarred an attorney who made false statements and submitted false documents to his law firm
Respondent, Ronald Marc Levin, violated the Maryland Lawyers’ Rules of Professional Conduct (“MLRPC”) during his employment at Joseph, Greenwald & Laake, P.A. Levin misrepresented his workload and created fictitious clients and fictitious client papers in order to distort his net originated income and shield his salary from adjustments reflecting his lower than anticipated performance. Such conduct violated MLRPC 8.4(a), (b), (c), and (d). Taken together, Levin’s violations of the MLRPC warrant disbarment.
The court declined to consider the attorney's self-report as mitigation under the circumstances
...we question the significance of Respondent’s self-reporting. Respondent did not contact the [Attorney Grievance Commission] until after JGL indicated that they would be reporting him to the AGC and he retained counsel.
We have previously noted that Maryland is tough on dishonest lawyers while D.C. is not.
This attorney also has a D.C. license, and I'd bet a nickel against reciprocal disbarment here if he puts up a fight. (Mike Frisch)