Tuesday, March 30, 2021
The Maryland Court of Appeals has explained its reasoning for a disbarment order
This attorney disciplinary matter concerns Respondent Angel Arturo Viladegut, a Maryland attorney who committed various violations of the rules of professional conduct while providing immigration-related legal services in Maryland. Four immigration clients complained, over a relatively short period of time, to Bar Counsel. Those complaints, as documented by Bar Counsel, demonstrated a disturbing pattern of conduct in which Mr. Viladegut charged a fee to represent a recent immigrant at risk of removal from the United States, then did little or no work, and misrepresented the status of matters to the client and immigration court with adverse consequences to the client.
Mr. Viladegut was no more diligent in responding to the inquiries of Bar Counsel. He did not cooperate with Bar Counsel’s investigation into his activities in Maryland, failed to respond to discovery requests in this proceeding, did not appear at the evidentiary hearing before the hearing judge, and did not respond to a show cause order as to whether he wished to participate in oral argument in this matter before this Court.
On March 1, 2021, after considering the matter on the papers submitted, we disbarred Mr. Viladegut and assessed the costs of this proceeding against him. We now explain the reasons why we took that action.