Friday, January 15, 2021
The New Jersey Supreme Court imposed a three-month suspension of an attorney in an original discipline case brought for misconduct in Maryland.
As described by the Disciplinary Review Board, the attorney took and passed the Maryland Bar but was never admitted there.
In 2007, he was alleged to have practiced in Maryland without a license. The matter was resolved on his promise to stop until admitted.
He was warned that the inquiry would be reopened if he again engaged in unauthorized practice.
The attorney continued the violations after a 2009 consent decree.
A Maryland divorce client filed a bar complaint against him in 2012.
The complaint was dismissed on jurisdictional grounds because he had no Maryland license.
In these proceedings, he contended that the dismissal was a favorable adjudication on the merits.
Not, said the DRB. Rather, they relied on the testimony of Maryland Deputy Bar Counsel that his office had concluded that New Jersey should handle the situation.
The DRB further rejected the argument that the attorney could practice in Maryland on a "temporary basis."
The DRB found that the attorney had engaged in a number of rule violations beyond the unauthorized practice. (Mike Frisch)