Maryland Courts

Maryland Attorneys
Disciplinary Actions FY 2006

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DISCIPLINARY SUMMARIES FY 2006

ALLEGANY COUNTY

CALHOUN, Candace K. - Suspended indefinitely for failing to keep client informed concerning the amount of fees incurred and making misrepresentations to and deceiving the client.

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY

EVANS, Matthew S., Jr. - Disbarred by consent as a result of a criminal conviction of fraud.

KINNANE, Thomas W. - Disbarred for theft of client funds.

RYAN, Michael W., Jr. Suspended by consent for commingling funds in his trust account and medical problems related to the misconduct.

WITHERSPOON, Gordon H. - Commission reprimand for engaging in the practice of law while inactive and improper use of Orphan’s Court letterhead.

BALTIMORE CITY

BRISBON, Brenda C. - Indefinite suspension (March 17, 2005) continued for subsequent complaint for failure to respond to Bar Counsel.

DOBSON, Matthew G. - Suspended indefinitely by consent for failing to file tax returns.

GEORGE, Bebe V. - Commission reprimand for naming herself and her legal assistant as beneficiaries of IRAs, annuities and other benefits of a client’s estate to whom she was not related.

JAROSINSKI, George S. - Commission reprimand for failing to safekeep client property, failure to respond to Bar Counsel and for conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice.

JOE, Isaac Jr. - Reprimanded by consent for failure to communicate with his client, failing to diligently pursue his client’s matter, and failing to respond to Bar Counsel.

JONES, Rodney M. - Commission reprimand for failing to communicate with his client, engaging in the unauthorized practice of law, failing to timely respond to BC and failing to comply with a court order.

KAPOOR - Eric J. - Disbarred for settling a client’s case without authority, forging the client’s signature on the settlement check, misappropriated funds belonging to two clients, and lying under oath to Bar Counsel.

KELL, Mark E. - Commission reprimand for incompetent handling of an estate matter.

KWARTENG, Charles O. - Reprimanded for failure to clearly communicate with his client.

LEE, Christopher M. - Suspended indefinitely by consent for engaging in the unauthorized practice of law.

ROSE, Shaun H.M. - Suspended indefinitely for failing to act competently, failing to abide by his client’s representation objectives, failing to act diligently, failing to keep his client reasonably informed, not depositing fees in an attorney trust account, failing to keep client funds separate from his own funds, failing to promptly return unearned fees, and failing to respond to reasonable demands for information made by Bar Counsel.

SEIDLER, Samuel A. - Commission reprimand for failure to respond to Bar Counsel.

BALTIMORE COUNTY

AGATSTEIN, David - Commission reprimand for ineffective assistance of counsel in connection with his clients asylum petitions.

ASH, John D. - Disbarred by consent for lack of diligence in the representation of several clients, failure to return an unearned fee to one such client, providing false information to Bar Counsel and failing ti satisfy outstanding federal and state withholding tax liens recorded against him.

BRANDES, Frederic M. - Disbarred by consent for failing to provide competent and diligent representation and spending unearned fees.

CHERRY-MAHOI, Ada E. - Disbarred for misappropriation of client funds.

DICKERSON, John J. - Suspended indefinitely by consent for lack of diligence and failure to refund fees in bankruptcy cases.

LANOCHA, N. Frank - Reprimanded for a conflict of interest with his client for drafting a will leaving a substantial bequest to his own daughter.

MARSALEK, Stephen F. - Suspended for 30 days by consent for failing to communicate, conflict of interest and failure to properly supervise non-lawyer employees.

REINHARDT, Richard J. - Suspended indefinitely for engaging in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation and neglecting a legal matter for over three years.

ROSENBERG, Keith A. - Suspended indefinitely by consent for misappropriation of investors’ monies.

SCOTT, Karen - Commission reprimand for lack a of competence, lack of diligence, failure to communicate with her client.

THERIAULT, Michael J. - Disbarred for misappropriation and spousal abuse.

CALVERT COUNTY

MALOOF, Naji P. - Commission Reprimand for calling opposing counsel a vulgar name, which manifested a bias based on sex, in open court.

CHARLES COUNTY

JOHNSON, Nathaniel D. - Suspended for 30 days by consent for lack of diligence and lack of communication

DORCHESTER COUNTY>

ECKEL, Grason John-Allen - Reprimanded by consent for criminal conviction.

GARRETT COUNTY

HESSON, Robert C. - Disbarred by consent for misconduct including violation of probation following DWI conviction, abandonment of law practice and failure to safeguard client funds in his trust account.

HARFORD COUNTY

GUIDA, Joseph M. - Disbarred for forging a judge’s signature.

LEE, Norman J., III - Reprimanded for failure to communicate and lack of diligence.

HOWARD COUNTY

DRISCOLL, Peter R. - Disbarred by consent for neglect and misrepresentation to a client.

TOUSEY, Robert R. - Disbarred by consent for misappropriation of client and other funds.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

BERGER, Burman A. - Disbarred by consent for failure to communicate with clients, failure to respond to Bar Counsel and neglect.

CACERES, Carlos H. - Disbarred by consent for misappropriation of attorney fees, misrepresentation to clients, creating fraudulent court documents, and failure to act with diligence and failing to communicate with his clients.

DAVIS, Peter I.J. - Suspended indefinitely by consent for impermissible direct contact with a prospective client and conflict of interest.

FARBER, Mindy G. - Commission reprimand for a failure to communicate, for failing to take reasonable and timely remedial action upon learning her law firm partner had submitted a bill exceeding a COMAR capped attorney fee, and conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice.

FARBER, Mindy G. - Commission reprimand for giving misleading and inaccurate advise to a client.

GUBERMAN, Mark S. - Disbarred for misrepresentation to his supervising attorney and creating false documents to support the misrepresentation

HOOK, Steven R. - Suspended by consent for 90 days for neglect, failure to communicate, failure to supervise non-lawyer assistants and failure to respond to Bar Counsel.

LINIAK, Thomas P. Disbarred by consent as result of self reported misconduct.

LOGAN, William M. - Disbarred for abandoning representation of a client, attempting to engage in the unauthorized practice of law and failing to respond to Bar Counsel.

PAGE, Alfred Jr. - Reprimanded by consent for failure to diligently represent his client, failure to communicate with his client and failure to keep records of monies received from his client.

PORTER, William N. - Disbarred by consent for failure to diligently represent his client, failure to appear in court, failure to deposit a retainer fee into escrow and failure to return an unearned fee.

SCHNEIDER, Fritz -Commission reprimand for failing to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing his client.

WEISS, Randy A. - Disbarred for stealing money from his law firm.

WRIGHT, Ronald A. - Suspended indefinitely by consent for failing to diligently represent clients, failing to keep adequate records for his trust account and making false representations to a client.

YATES, Charles D. - Reprimanded for lack of diligence regarding an immigration matter.

PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY

BELL, Jimmy A. - Commission reprimand for attempting to obtain an unreasonable fee.

HENDERSON, Cheryl - Commission reprimand for assisting in activity that constitutes the unauthorized practice of law and for letterhead indicating she had associates when she did not.

HOAGE, Donald - Temporarily suspended (Rule 773) due to his disability suspension in D.C.

MAIGNAN, Peter R. - Suspended indefinitely for misappropriation of client funds.

McCLAIN, Charlers E., Sr. - Suspended by consent for 90 days for filing a frivolous complaint, engaging in a conflict of interest and failing to respect the rights of others.

SHRYOCK, Charles III - Suspended indefinitely for commingling, lack of competence and lack of diligence due to disability.

WALKER-TURNER, John - Commission reprimand for failing to act diligently and failure to communicate appropriately with his client.

WINGERTER, Rex B. - Interim suspension based upon federal criminal conviction of msiprision of a felony. Further proceedings pending.

ST. MARY’S COUNTY

KOVACIC, Kristin E. - Suspended indefinitely for lack of diligence in a divorce matter and failure to respond to Bar Counsel.

TALBOT COUNTY

PARKER, Virgil D. - Disbarred because he defrauded his clients.

WORCESTER COUNTY

LEONHART, Georgia L. - Disbarred by consent for failing to maintain client funds in her escrow account.

WEHLAND, Charles - Commission reprimand for lack of competence in an Estate matter and failing to properly supervise non-attorney staff.

OUT OF STATE

ANSELMO, Pamela Jo - Reprimanded by consent for allowing false information on her firm letterhead and failure to respond to Bar Counsel.

FRANK, Arthur J. - Disbarred by consent for misappropriation of client funds.

HOLT, Leslie B. - Suspended indefinitely for conviction in the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico of aiding and abetting and possession of cocaine.

HOOVER-HANKERSON, Celicia - Interim suspension by consent on reciprocal action from the District of Columbia for engaging in criminal activity.

OWEANOGE, John O. - Reprimanded by consent for failure to appear at trials and failure to prepare his client’s case for trial.

PARTRIDGE, John H. - Disbarred by reciprocal action with Virginia for lack of diligence, lack of communication, failing to withdraw and protect client interest and for conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation.

STEINBERG, Andrew M. - Suspended indefinitely (previous suspension continued and conditioned upon reinstatement to DC Bar) for neglect his client’s case.

WAGNER, Brenda C. - Reprimanded by consent for failing to file briefs after numerous court extensions.

WHITEHEAD, H. Allen - Suspended indefinitely for taking attorney’s fees prior to court approval in an estate matter.