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Maryland Attorneys
Disciplinary Actions FY 2012

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DISCIPLINARY SUMMARIES FY 2012

Anne Arundel County

CAMUS, Constance Anne - Disbarred on April 23, 2012, for taking funds from her attorney trust account for fees without notice or consent of her client. She charged unreasonable fees and failed to adequately communicate with her client. She also failed to respond to Bar Counsel’s requests for information.

CONWELL, Scott A. - Commission Reprimand for filing an affidavit containing inaccurate statements, that, with due diligence, he should have known were inaccurate and upon learning of the inaccuracies, he failed to file an amended affidavit.

DOMINGUEZ, Denese - Disbarred on May 8, 2012, by Per Curiam Order, effective immediately. The Court of Appeals issued an Opinion dated July 3, 2012, concluding that Respondent failed to diligently pursue her clients’ cases and failed to respond to Bar Counsel after the revocation of her Conditional Diversion Agreement.

JONES, Daryl David - Indefinite Suspension by Consent on February 7, 2012 (with the right to apply for readmission after 6 months) for failure to file income tax and employee withholding tax returns.

McGLADE, Henry D., Jr. - Indefinite Suspension on April 24, 2012, for entering into a settlement agreement without his client’s consent, failure to communicate news of the settlement to the client, and making misrepresentations to the court and opposing counsel.

PARK, Heung Sik - Disbarred on June 25, 2012, for failing to communicate with his clients, failing to comply with his clients’ requests for information, failing to provide the legal services, and failing to return any portion of the unearned fee.

SELTZER, Aaron Gregory - Disbarred on October 7, 2011, by Per Curiam Order, effective immediately. The Court of Appeals issued an Opinion dated December 22, 2011, citing reasons for the disbarment, concluding that Respondent intentionally misled parties to enter into a real estate contract.

TANKO, Louis Peter, Jr. - Indefinite Suspension on May 23, 2012, for engaging in the unauthorized practice of law, failing to competently represent his clients, failing to obtain the clients’ informed consent, confirmed in writing, before depositing unearned fees into a personal account, and failing to respond timely to requests for information by Bar Counsel.

TROESE, Stephen Joseph - Disbarred by Consent on March 9, 2012, for wire fraud.


BALTIMORE CITY

BLONDELL, Harry Walter - Disbarred by Consent on April 25, 2012, for acting in a manner that had the effect of assisting his client in his client’s fraudulent activities.

BRISBON, Brenda Carol - Indefinite Suspension on October 26, 2011, (continuation of a prior suspension) because she engaged in the unauthorized practice of law.

BROWN, Warren A. - Commission Reprimand for making an inappropriate threat to secure his legal fee.

BUTLER, Anthony Ignatius, Jr. - 60-day Suspension on May 21, 2012, for failing to appear at a trial and failing to adequately communicate with his client. Upon termination of representation, Respondent entered into a settlement and release of claims agreement with the client without advising the client to seek independent counsel.

CARITHERS, Michael Robert, Jr. – Disbarred on July 18, 2011 by the Court of Appeals, effective August 18, 2011, for misappropriation of payments from former clients of his law firm.

DeMEO, Rudolph E. - Commission Reprimand for failing to safekeep property and failing to keep client matter records concerning his Attorney Trust Account.

HOOVER, Jonathan T. - Commission Reprimand for lack of competence, failing to act with reasonable diligence, failing to communicate with his client, failing to take appropriate action to prevent dismissal of his client’s cases and failing to timely inform the client of the status of her cases and their dismissal.

NEEDLEMAN, Stanley Howard - Disbarred by Consent on September 12, 2011 for federal tax evasion charges.

POTTS, Bryan H. - Commission Reprimand for insufficient funds in his escrow account due to failure to reconcile his account. Respondent rectified the account and has hired an accountant and bookkeeper to reconcile his escrow account.

POTTS, Phillip L. - Commission Reprimand for insufficient funds in his escrow account due to failure to reconcile his account. Respondent rectified the account and has hired an accountant and bookkeeper to reconcile his escrow account.

SCHAUB, Ruth Marguerita Marie - Commission Reprimand for negligently failing to maintain and timely remit withholding taxes to the IRS and Maryland Comptroller.

SHAPIRO, Eugene A. - Commission Reprimand for negligently failing to maintain and timely remit withholding taxes to the IRS and Maryland Comptroller.

VAN ORDEN, Maximillian F. - Commission Reprimand for negotiating a settlement and for filing a civil action on behalf of and without the express authorization of the Personal Representation and/or the Estate of his deceased client. He otherwise failed to render diligent representation in connection with the claim.


BALTIMORE COUNTY

ABRAMSON, Robert Scott - Disbarred by Consent on December 16, 2011, because he misappropriated client funds for his personal benefit from the escrow account of a title company where he was employed.

AGATSTEIN, David - Disbarred by Consent on May 9, 2012, because he knowingly encouraged and induced aliens to reside in the United States knowing that such residence was or would be in violation of the law.

BROWN, Barry S. - Disbarred on April 23, 2012, for failing to act with reasonable diligence and competence, failing to communicate with his clients, failing to return the clients’ files upon request, failing to expedite litigation, and misrepresenting to his clients the status of their cases.

DOUGLAS, Katie Lee - Commission Reprimand for failing to adequately communicate with her client and for failing to ensure that she had in effect measures giving reasonable assurance that the conduct of non-lawyer assistants was compatible with her professional obligations.

GRAY, Melissa D. - Reprimand by Consent on July 19, 2011 by the Court of Appeals for negligence in a divorce case.

HAMMOND, Lawrence Michael - Disbarred by Consent on March 16, 2012, because he misappropriated estate funds by taking attorney’s fees in excess of amounts approved by the Orphans’ Court, he failed to create and maintain trust account records, he submitted an altered document to Bar Counsel and later failed to comply with a subpoena compelling his attendance and production of records at a statement under oath.

INGRAM, Jesse H. - Disbarred by Consent on May 9, 2012, for disbursing funds held in his attorney escrow account to his client without the consent of the owner of the funds.

LENDERMAN, William Rex - Reprimand by Consent on October 12, 2011 for preparation of a client’s will in which Respondent was named as remote contingent legate and for failing to advise his client in writing of the desirability of seeking independent legal advice as to loans and mortgages he obtained from his client.

NUSBAUM, Harvey Malcolm - Disbarred on February 7, 2012, effective immediately. The Court of Appeals opinion cited reasons for the disbarment, concluding that Respondent engaged in an illegal conspiracy to rig bidding at tax lien auctions in Maryland

PATTERSON, Roland N., Jr. - Indefinite Suspension on September 21, 2011 (with the right to reapply after 6 months) for failure to maintain his escrow account and failure to comply with record-keeping requirements. He also failed to diligently pursue two clients’ cases or respond to requests from Bar Counsel.

PAYER, Michele L. - Disbarred on February 22, 2012, for making false statements to Bar Counsel that she deposited money from her client into her escrow account and then submitted altered bank documents to Bar Counsel representing them to be of her escrow account to support her misrepresentations to Bar Counsel.

SHAKIR, Eric Salandin - Disbarred on June 25, 2012, by Per Curiam Order and Opinion, for repeatedly neglecting his client, failing to appear at hearings, failing to file pleadings and failing to refund unearned fees to his client. Respondent has been disciplined previously by the Court for similar conduct.

SPERLING, Leonard J. - Commission Reprimand for failing to make reasonable efforts to ensure that an attorney over whom he had direct supervisory authority, conformed his conduct to the Maryland Lawyers’ Rules of Professional Conduct.


CALVERT COUNTY

FULLER, Rex L., III - Commission Reprimand for causing an adversary case to be filed by the Chapter 7 Trustee against his clients and one of the client’s relatives. Respondent failed to render competent representation, failed to communicate with his clients and failed to obtain informed consent to joint representation, confirmed in writing.


CARROLL COUNTY

CULPEPPER, Glenn E. - Disbarred by Consent on August 3, 2011 for misappropriating money and over-billing the estate and its personal representative.


FREDERICK COUNTY

MAHONE, Willie James - Consent to Reprimand on March 26, 2012, for failing to hold disputed funds in his attorney trust account.


HARFORD COUNTY

KOWALSKY, Avrum M. - Reprimand by Consent on January 4, 2012, for attempting to charge an unreasonable fee and creating a conflict and/or potential conflict of interest.

MOELLER, James Charles August - Indefinitely Suspended on June 22, 2012, for failure to pay a recordation tax, failure to keep client and third party property separate from his own, failure to respond to requests for information by Bar Counsel and failure to maintain sufficient funds in his attorney trust account.


HOWARD COUNTY

DeLAURENTIS, Anthony J. - Disbarred by Consent on December 15, 2011, for conspiracy to suppress competition at tax lien auctions, which conduct violated federal antitrust law.

KEINER, Gregory Raymond- Disbarred on August 19, 2011 because of dishonesty and misuse of firm resources for his personal benefit.

REIFF, John K. - Disbarred by Consent on December 15, 2011, for conspiracy to suppress competition at tax lien auctions, which conduct violated federal antitrust law.

TAUBER, Joseph - Thirty (30) day Suspension on August 28, 2011 (effective 30 days from the date of the Opinion) for mishandling client funds and drawing on those funds prior to earning them.


MONTGOMERY COUNTY

AMBE, Jude - Commission Reprimand for failing to deposit his client’s prepaid fee into his attorney trust account for safekeeping and failing to hold the fee, in trust, until earned, and his client failing to give informed consent confirmed in writing, waiving said requirement.

BOLLMAN, William Henry - Commission Reprimand for engaging in professional misconduct that resulted in a public reprimand issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, for engaging in conduct that is prejudicial to the administration of justice, engaging in conduct that violated a protective order, and for lack of competence.

DORSEY, Phillip Hamilton Christian - Disbarred by Consent on June 7, 2012, for failure to properly monitor and maintain his attorney trust account, misuse of client funds, failure to communicate with his clients, and failure to diligently pursue his clients’ cases.

DUNBAR, Tilman, Jr. - Commission Reprimand for failure to maintain his escrow account and failure to reconcile his bank statements. Respondent has retained the services of an accountant to reconcile his trust account and other business accounts.

FIREISON, Louis - Commission Reprimand for dishonored attorney trust account checks, failing to properly supervise non-lawyer assistant and failing to reconcile his trust account on a regular basis.

GARRETT, Ranji M. - Disbarred on June 25, 2012, for abandoning his practice of law without notice to his clients.

GREINER, Stephen R. - Indefinite Suspension by Consent on July 11, 2011 by the Court of Appeals, based upon his suspension by the United States Patent and Trademark Office for his failure to maintain clients’ filing fees intact.

HARDNETT, Charlene Sukari - Reprimand by Consent on May 9, 2012, for failure to appear at an appeals hearing. She was unaware that the appeal had been filed, or that the hearing was scheduled because the matter was being handled by her non-lawyer assistant without her knowledge

KHANDPUR, Jagjot Singh – Indefinite Suspension on July 18, 2011, effective thirty (30) days thereafter (with a right to apply for reinstatement after sixty (60) days), for failing to deposit an advance fee into a trust account, for carelessly handling his trust account, for failing to diligently represent his client and for failing to respond to Bar Counsel’s demands.

LIEBERMAN, Richard Donald - Disbarred by Consent on September 19, 2011 due to his conviction of felonies in the state of Florida.

MAIGNAN, Peter R. - Disbarred on September 26, 2011 because he engaged in the unauthorized practice of law.

MALICKSON, Bryan - Commission Reprimand for failing to maintain prepaid unearned fees in trust until earned and failing to return unearned retainer fees upon termination of representation. Due to theft of funds by dishonest subcontractor, Respondent was unable to refund the fees.

NEIMAN, Hilary Marlene - Disbarred by Consent on October 6, 2011 due to her conviction for wire fraud.

NELSON, Adrian Van, II - Disbarred on February 6, 2012, effective immediately, by Per Curiam Order. The Court of Appeals issued an Opinion dated March 27, 2012, concluding that Respondent failed to keep his client reasonably informed, failed to maintain unearned fees in his attorney trust account, failed to promptly return unearned fees to his client and failed to respond to requests for information by Bar Counsel.

RAND, Charles S. - Commission Reprimand for failing to disclose completely accurate or amended information to correct omissions from the initial filings of his bankruptcy and for failing to verify the accuracy of his Statement of Financial Affairs and supporting schedules.

SCHOENFELD, Julia - Commission Reprimand for failing to maintain prepaid unearned fees in trust until earned and failing to return unearned retainer fees upon termination of representation. Due to theft of funds by dishonest subcontractor, Respondent was unable to refund the fees.

SUBIN, Michael Louis - Indefinite Suspension by Consent on July 19, 2011, effective November 1, 2010 (with a right to apply for reinstatement no sooner than 90 days from the effective date) for failing to act with reasonable diligence and promptness; failing to adequately communicate with his client; failing to maintain prepaid unearned fees in trust until earned; and for failing to promptly refund an unearned fee upon termination of representation.

ZIMMERMAN, Donya Tarraine - Disbarred on June 12, 2012, effective immediately, by Per Curiam Order. The Court of Appeals Opinion dated August 21, 2012, cited reasons for the disbarment, concluding that Respondent misappropriated retainer fees in 2 cases and that she had a negative balance in her attorney escrow account.


PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY

ADAMS, Lester Anthony Douglas - Disbarred by Consent on July 28, 2011 by the Court of Appeals (effective thirty (30) days after the date of the Court’s Order) for misappropriation of client funds and inadequate recordkeeping.

AGILIGA, Alexander N. - Disbarred on October 26, 2011 for misappropriating funds earmarked for medical providers. He also engaged in the unauthorized practice of law.

BRADY, Andre Levell - Disbarred on October 25, 2011 for failing to provide competent and diligent representation, abandoning his client without notice, charging an unreasonable fee and engaging in conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice.

BYRD, WiIliam P. - Commission Reprimand for failing to act with reasonable diligence, failing to adequately communicate and to account to his client, and, upon termination of the representation, failing to surrender papers to the client, failing to refund the advance payment of unearned fee, and failing to respond to lawful requests for information by Bar Counsel.

FIECHTNER, Louis Joseph - Commission Reprimand for failing to act with reasonable diligence and promptness, failing to promptly comply with reasonable requests for information, failing to adequately communicate with his client and to explain the matter to the extent reasonably necessary to permit the client to make informed decisions regarding the representation.

GOODMAN, Bruce Edward - Disbarred May 1, 2012, for failure to pay his client’s medical bills and failure to maintain an attorney trust account.

GOTTESMANN, Dennis Mark - Commission Reprimand for failing to act with reasonable diligence and promptness, failing to communicate with his client and failing to appear at a hearing.

JANSEN, Erwin R.E., Jr. - Disbarred by Consent on June 20, 2012, for misuse of fiduciary and client funds.

JOHNSON, Barry Maurice - Disbarred by Consent on October 18, 2011 for failure to keep his clients informed, failure to diligently pursue his clients’ legal matters and failure to respond timely to lawful requests for information from Bar Counsel.

JOHNSON, Jack Bruce - Disbarred by Consent on January 27, 2012, based on his felony conviction.

McINTOSH, Robbyn Renee - Indefinite Suspension by Consent on October 6, 2011, for neglecting a number of clients’ cases.

O’BRIEN, Egan Patrick - Disbarred by Consent on August 3, 2011 for misappropriating funds from his escrow account, making cash withdrawals and checks made out to cash from the firm’s escrow account for his personal obligations.

PAUL, Dana Andrew - Reprimand on October 31, 2011, for cutting and pasting an attorney’s signature onto a document that was filed with the court, without the authority or knowledge of the signatory.

TEODORI, Thomas - Commission Reprimand for failing to act with reasonable diligence and promptness, failing to communicate with his client and failing to promptly comply with reasonable requests for information.

TOMLIN, Valeria N. - Indefinite Suspension by Consent on September 19, 2011, (with the right to apply for reinstatement in 30 days) effective October 1, 2011 for the unauthorized transfer of funds from a MAHT trust account to an account that was not designated as a trust account.

WHITE, Lucille Saundra - Disbarred on September 9, 2011 as a reciprocal action to her District of Columbia disbarment in January, 2011, which involved 2 complaints against her: One for her conflict of interest in representing a person in an age discrimination suit and the second for her perjury, false statements and false documents in her frivolous “whistle-blower” claim while she was employed by the District of Columbia government.

YOLLES, Monty Naftali - Commission Reprimand for failure to maintain adequate records of his escrow account, failure to reconcile his bank statements, and failure to withdraw fees from trust account when earned. Respondent has rectified all deficits and no clients sustained any loss.

YOUNG, Brian William - Disbarred by Consent on November 9, 2011, for criminal conduct involving conspiracy to commit money laundering.


WASHINGTON

GORDON, Timothy Shawn - Disbarred by Consent on October 3, 2011 for unauthorized use of client funds, failure to create and maintain required trust account records, refusal to obey a court order, failure to communicate and failure to deposit an unearned fee in trust for safe keeping.


WORCESTER

EWELL, Paul C. - Disbarred by Consent on October 28, 2011, effective December 1, 2011, for the unauthorized use of trust funds.


OUT OF STATE

AMBE, Jude - Reprimand on February 22, 2011, effective immediately, for engaging in the unauthorized practice of law, using misleading letterhead, engaging in criminal conduct, engaging in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation and engaging in conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice.

AULT, Spencer Dean - Disbarred on September 9, 2011 because he engaged in self-dealing in trust funds

JOSEPH, JOEL DAVID - Disbarred on October 27, 2011 for intentionally misrepresenting his residency status in applications for pro hac vice admission to California state and federal courts.

KLIMEK, Robert Anthony, Jr. - Commission Reprimand for failing to keep the client reasonably informed about the status of the matter and failing to explain a matter to the extent reasonably necessary to permit the client to make informed decisions regarding the representation.

KLINE, Andrew J. - Suspended for three (3) years on March 16, 2012, to run concurrently with the sanction imposed by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, for misrepresentations to his client, forging his client’s signature and for fraudulently paying his client’s settlement with his own funds and, to some extent, his other clients’ funds.

MEYER, Allen A., Jr. - Commission Reprimand for engaging in professional misconduct that resulted in a public reprimand issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Respondent was reprimanded for his conflict of interest, neglect of his clients’ matters, failure to communicate with his clients and for his failure to properly supervise his non-lawyer employee.

MICHAELSON, Jeffrey E. - Disbarred on July 8, 2011 by the Court of Appeals as reciprocal discipline corresponding to his New Jersey Disbarment by Consent, which was based on his guilty plea in federal court to criminal fraudulent behavior. 

ROYER, Paul Byron - 30-day Suspension by Consent on April 23, 2012. This is a reciprocal matter relating to his District of Columbia violation of Rule 8.4(b).

SMITH, Darlene H. - Disbarred on February 2, 2012, effective immediately, by Per Curiam Order. The Court of Appeals issued an Opinion dated March 19, 2012, concluding that she intentionally and deliberately altered documents, which she submitted to the Committee on Admissions of the District of Columbia Bar in support of her application for admission. This was an attempt to conceal her failure to comply with a rule governing non-admitted lawyers in the District of Columbia.

SMITH, William Orr - Disbarred by Consent on December 16, 2011, for misconduct involving his misuse of trust money from the escrow account of a title company he operated in Virginia.

UHL, Christopher M. - Disbarred on May 18, 2012, as a reciprocal matter relating to his disbarment by the Supreme Court of the State of New York for his federal conviction for tax evasion.