Monday, November 21, 2022
A remand to allow an attorney to present mitigating evidence did not save him from disbarment by the Maryland Court of Appeals for false statements on a Texas bar application
Court of Appeals disbarred lawyer who, among other things, knowingly and intentionally misrepresented his disciplinary history on Texas Bar application by failing to disclose his prior disciplinary history; intentionally failed to disclose his admission to various bars in attempt to conceal his disciplinary history from Texas Board of Law Examiners; knowingly and intentionally provided false affidavits under oath, swearing that all information contained in his Texas Bar applications was true and correct; and knowingly and intentionally misrepresented that disclosure failures in his Texas Bar application were result of not reading application questions carefully enough.
In addition, over period of several years, lawyer knowingly and intentionally failed to supplement Texas Bar application and re-applications with information concerning bar admissions and disciplinary history, thereby failing to correct misconception that he had fully disclosed his disciplinary history in all jurisdictions in which he was licensed; and engaged in pattern of dishonest and deceitful conduct that was prejudicial to administration of justice in applying to be admitted to Texas Bar. Such conduct violated Maryland Lawyers’ Rules of Professional Conduct (“MLRPC”) 8.1(a) and (b) (Bar Admission and Disciplinary Matters), 8.4(b) (Criminal Act), 8.4(c) (Dishonesty, Fraud, Deceit, or Misrepresentation), 8.4(d) (Conduct that is Prejudicial to Administration of Justice), and 8.4(a) (Violating MLRPC).
The attorney was originally admitted in 1999 and had a disciplinary history in Virginia and in federal court. (Mike Frisch)