Maryland Courts

Maryland Attorneys
Disciplinary Actions FY 2014

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This list is updated on a monthly basis.

DISCIPLINARY SUMMARIES FY 2014

ALLEGANY COUNTY

DAVIS, Dustin Paul – Indefinite Suspension by Consent on July 9, 2013, for his criminal conduct involving theft of personal property.


ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY

MORRISSEY, Robert J. – Commission Reprimand for failing to respond to his client’s request for information about the client’s matter, for failing to safe-keep the client’s property, for failing to maintain an attorney trust account and for record-keeping violations.

RUSSELL, Susan Whittington – Reprimand by Consent on February 27, 2014, for engaging in conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice.

WHITE, Kenneth Raymond – Disbarred by Consent on October 11, 2013, for engaging in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation and for engaging in conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice.


BALTIMORE CITY

COOPER, Latosha J. – Disbarred by Consent on December 16, 2013, for failing to represent her clients with competence, reasonable diligence and promptness, for misappropriation of client funds and for engaging in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit  or misrepresentation

HOWELL, Sherrie T. - Suspended for one (1) year on August 21, 2013, effective thirty (30) days from the date thereafter, for transmitting contraband into a prison.

HUNT, Mark Edward – Disbarred on October 1, 2013, for failing to disclose his criminal activities on his Bar Application and submitting a false affirmation to the Board of Law Examiners.

MARUDAS, Kyriakos Peter – Commission Reprimand for failing to conduct a reasonable inquiry into the authenticity of documents suspected to be forged or false, for offering evidence that he knew to be false and for failing to take reasonable remedial measures.


BALTIMORE COUNTY

COPPOCK, John Edward, Jr. – Reprimand on July 9, 2013, for making misrepresentations to a creditor to conceal his receipt of funds.

CUADRA, Tabatha Karina – Reprimand by Consent on October 21, 2013, for utilizing misleading advertisements to promote her law practice, for failing to comply with the requirements of Md. Code Ann., Bus. Occ. & Prof. §10-605.2 and for failing to promptly respond to lawful demands for information from Bar Counsel.

DORE, Thomas Patrick – 90-day Suspension on August 20, 2013, effective September 19, 2013, for allowing his staff members to sign his name and falsely notarize his signature to documents to be filed in court.

FOX, Matthew Evan – Indefinite Suspension by Consent on December 4, 2013, for failing to represent his clients with competence, reasonable diligence and promptness, for failing to respond to requests for information by his clients concerning their matters, for failing to take steps, to the extent reasonably practicable, to protect his clients’ interests and upon termination of representation, for failing to surrender documents and property to a client.    

FRIEDMAN, Joseph Lee – Disbarred on February 12, 2014, effective immediately, by Per Curiam Order.  Court of Appeals Opinion to follow when received.

GRAY, Melissa Donnelle – Indefinite Suspension on January 24, 2014, effective 30 days from the date thereof, for failing to provide competent and diligent representation, for failing to take timely and appropriate actions to expedite litigation and for failing to respond to legal demands for information from Bar Counsel.  Respondent had previously received a Reprimand by Consent and a 60-day Suspension, from which she never applied for reinstatement.

JANEY, Neal Marcellas, Sr. – Reprimand by Consent on August 9, 2013, for knowingly failing to timely respond to lawful demands for information from Bar Counsel.

KAHL, Jeffrey David – Disbarred on January 8, 2013, effective immediately, by Per Curiam Order.  The Court of Appeals Opinion dated January 29, 2014, cited reasons for the disbarment, concluding that Respondent misappropriated funds from his law firm and attorney trust account.

O’LEARY, Gina Michelle – Disbarred on July 10, 2013, for engaging in a sexual relationship with her client while representing him in a domestic matter and for making misrepresentations to opposing counsel, the court and Bar Counsel.

SCHRUEFER, John A., Jr. – Commission Reprimand for failing to safekeep his client’s settlement funds in an attorney trust account and for commingling funds.

SHIELDS, Robert L. – Indefinite Suspension by Consent on January 22, 2014, for, among other things, failing to provide competent and diligent representation, for commingling funds, for sharing fees with a non-lawyer and, upon termination of representation, for failing to surrender documents and property to his client.

SPERLING, Jonathan Daniel – Indefinite Suspension on July 5, 2013, for failing to diligently represent his client, resulting in dismissal of her case, for failing to promptly notify his client of the dismissal, for misrepresenting the status of the case to his client and for misrepresentations to the court.

SPERLING, Leonard J. – Indefinite Suspension on September 27, 2013, effective thirty (30) days from the date thereafter (with the right to reapply for admission after six (6) months), for failing to retain in his attorney trust account a sufficient amount to cover liens against recoveries obtained by his clients, for failing to pay lien amounts due, for his intentional communication with a person represented by counsel without the person’s consent and for delaying, for over four (4) years, the payment of the lien.

SUTLEY, Benjamin Coyle – Indefinite Suspension by Consent on October 15, 2013, for failing to represent his clients with reasonable diligence and promptness, for failing to communicate with the clients about the status of their cases and for failing to maintain unearned fees in escrow.


CHARLES COUNTY

BOYD, Harold Lockwood, III – Indefinite Suspension by Consent on July 3, 2013 (with the right to reapply for admission after sixty (60) days) for failing to file his personal income tax returns on a timely basis for the years 2004 through 2009.


FREDERICK COUNTY

MAHONE, Daniel Quinn – 30-day Suspension on September 30, 2013, effective thirty (30) days from the date thereafter, for disruptive conduct in the courtroom, for disturbing the peace and for resisting arrest.

Markham, Christopher L. – Commission Reprimand for soliciting legal services in the state of Virginia where he was not admitted to practice law, for the unauthorized practice of law,
for misleading advertising and for using a letterhead that failed to disclose that he was not admitted to practice law in Virginia.


HARFORD COUNTY

BOCCHINO, David Eugene – Indefinite Suspension on November 25, 2013, for lack of competence, for failing to represent his clients with reasonable diligence and promptness causing a client’s case to be dismissed, for failing to communicate with a client about her case, for engaging in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation and for assisting a disbarred attorney in the unauthorized practice of law.

HICKEY, Michael Clifford, Jr. – Indefinite Suspension by Consent on August 14, 2013, for drafting a Will making himself and his wife beneficiaries of the client’s estate and for failing to timely notify the decedent’s sole heir of probate proceedings.

PINNO, Lawrence Paul – Disbarred on February 24, 2014, for engaging in a pattern of neglect that affected at least five (5) clients over two (2) years, for taking unearned fees without warning or explanation, for failing to pursue the clients’ matters or to appear in court on their behalf, and failing to return the unearned fees.


HOWARD COUNTY

DEWAN, Kiran Moolchand – Disbarred by Consent on March 10, 2014, for his criminal conviction involving bribing an immigration officer.

LANDAU, Lee Elliott – Disbarred on March 7, 2014, effective immediately, by Per Curiam Order, for misappropriation of funds of his client in connection with collection cases.  Opinion filed on April 21, 2014.   

WOOD, William C. – Commission Reprimand for closing his law practice without giving notice to his clients and for prejudicing their ability to pursue their cases. He also failed to clearly communicate to a client the basis or rate of a fee and failed to properly maintain his trust account.


MONTGOMERY COUNTY

BERRY, Steven Gene – Disbarred on January 14, 2014, effective immediately, by Per Curiam Order.  Court of Appeals Opinion to follow.

COLTON-BELL, Julia – Disbarred on September 26, 2013, effective immediately, for failing to represent her client with competence and reasonable diligence; for failing to consult with and communicate with her client; for charging an unreasonable fee; for the unauthorized practice of law; and for failing to respond to a lawful demand for information by Bar Counsel.

GESSING, George Jacob – 90-day suspension on December 3, 2013, for allowing his staff to sign his name and falsely notarize his signature on documents filed in foreclosure cases.

LEVIN, Robert Norman – Reprimand on July 2, 2013, for a willful failure to honor a Writ of Garnishment and for failing to  notify a party who had an interest in the trust funds involved.

LU, Michael Wenyue – Reprimand by Consent on July 18, 2013, for failing to properly advise his client, causing the client to be unable to make an informed decision concerning an admission and for relaying to opposing counsel that his client would make the admission.

MURRAY, Philip Raymond – Commission Reprimand for failing to maintain in trust and keep separate, funds that were in dispute between his client and third parties and for failing to render promptly a full accounting regarding the disputed funds.

PUGLIESE, Elizabeth Marie – Commission Reprimand for her conflict of interest.

ROBINSON, Kenneth Michael - Interim Suspension on October 18, 2013, effective immediately, for negligent misappropriation of trust funds. 

ROSENBLATT, Richard Brian - Commission Reprimand for failing to explain a matter to the extent reasonably necessary to permit the client to make informed decisions regarding the representation and for failing to make reasonable efforts to ensure that a lawyer over whom he had direct supervisory authority conformed to the Maryland Lawyers’ Rules of Professional Conduct.

SANDERSON, Garland Montgomery – Commission Reprimand for failing to appear in court on his client’s behalf on four (4) occasions, for failing to advise his client of same, causing several hearings to be postponed, resulting in the delay of the disposition of his client’s matter and for failing to timely appear at his contempt hearing.

TUMA, Malik James – Reprimand by Consent on July 22, 2013, for failing to respond to legal requests for information from Bar Counsel.

WILLIAMOWSKY, Samuel David – Commission Reprimand for lack of competence, for failing to keep his client reasonably informed about the status of the matter and for failing to inform the client of any decisions to which the client’s consent is required.


PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY

BELL, Jimmy Anthony – Indefinite Suspension on July 8, 2013 (with the right to reapply after thirty (30) days), for failing to maintain proper records for various client matters over a two (2) year period.

DAVY, Michelle – Disbarred on September 5, 2013, by a Per Curiam Order.  The Court of Appeals Opinion dated November 27, 2013, cited reasons for the disbarment, concluding that Respondent engaged in conduct involving dishonesty and misrepresentation and for conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice.

HARMON, Anthony Maurice – Indefinite Suspension on August 19, 2013 (with the right to apply for reinstatement no sooner than six (6) months),  by Per Curiam Order and Opinion for commingling funds, for failing to properly maintain his attorney trust account and related financial records and for failing to respond to lawful demands for information from Bar Counsel.

HARMON, Anthony Maurice – Indefinite Suspension on October 21, 2013, effective immediately, for failing to act with reasonable diligence and promptness, for failing to adequately communicate with his clients, for charging an unreasonable fee and for failing to respond to lawful demands for information from Bar Counsel.

PETROS, George Z. – Commission Reprimand for failing to respond to requests for information by his client concerning her matter and for failing to represent his client with reasonable diligence and promptness, causing his client’s case to be dismissed.

STILLWELL, Garland Howe – Indefinite Suspension on September 13, 2013 (with the right to reapply for admission after sixty (60) days), as well as a prior suspension for six (6) months on August 22, 2013.  The September, 2013 Indefinite Suspension was for failing to place an unearned client retainer fee in an attorney trust account, for lack of diligence and for failing to respond to the client’s requests about the status of her matter. 

STILLWELL, Garland Howe – Six (6) month Suspension on August 22, 2013, as reciprocal discipline, based on his August 27, 2009 District of Columbia 60-day suspension, for inaccurately representing his status at the law firm where he was employed, for making false representations on behalf of a friend and for improperly charging personal expenses to the firm.

THOMAS-BELLAMY, Sandy Fredericka – Indefinite Suspension by Consent on March 28, 2014, for failing to deposit unearned funds into an attorney trust account, for failing to create and maintain trust account records, for failing to timely file her tax returns for 2 years, for failing to represent her clients with competence, reasonable diligence and promptness, for failing to adequately communicate with her clients and for failing to appear at a scheduled meeting.

WALTON, Charles Earl – Commission Reprimand for failing to represent a client with competence, reasonable diligence and promptness.


QUEEN ANNE'S COUNTY

McDONALD, John Mark – Disbarred on February 21, 2014, for using his position to enter Nolle Prosequi dispositions in five (5) traffic citations as personal favors to the co-worker, for interfering with a criminal prosecution of the co-worker and for other misconduct relating to his relationship with the co-worker.


TALBOT COUNTY

BILLMYRE, John Gary – Indefinite Suspension by Consent on October 9, 2013, for failing to represent his clients with competence and for neglecting his clients’ cases.


WASHINGTON COUNTY

CROMER, Kelly Stebbins – Disbarred by Consent on February 20, 2014, effective immediately, for misappropriating estate funds, for committing a criminal act that reflects adversely on the lawyer’s honesty, trustworthiness and/or fitness and for engaging in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation.


OUT-OF-STATE

BRADLEY, Stephanie Yvonne – Interim Suspension on September 20, 2013, as a result of reciprocal action following her suspension in the District of Columbia on July 11, 2013.

BRADLEY, Stephanie Yvonne (aka BRADLEY, Stephanie Y.) – Commission Reprimand for lack of diligence, for failing to adequately communicate with her client, for failing to provide legal services, for charging an unreasonable fee, for failing to deposit and maintain the client’s prepaid fee in an attorney trust account until earned and upon termination of the representation, for failing to take steps to the extent reasonably practicable to protect the client’s interests.

BRADLEY, Stephanie Yvonne (aka BRADLEY, Stephanie Y.) – Indefinite Suspension on December 19, 2013, as a reciprocal action to her District of Columbia suspension, for failing to provide competent and diligent representation and for engaging in conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice.

FROST, James Albert – Disbarred on February 26, 2014, for making knowingly false statements impugning the integrity and qualifications of several judges and public legal officers without any explanation or investigation of those allegations.

HOANG, John Thanh - Disbarred on August 19, 2013, effective immediately, by Per Curiam Opinion, for devising and carrying out a scheme to defraud the U.S. Government of funds by preparing tax returns with fraudulent deductions and for failing to file personal federal tax returns for eight (8) years.

LEWIS, Glenn Charles – Disbarred on February 27, 2014, for failing to represent his client with competence, reasonable diligence and promptness, for failing to respond to the client’s requests about the status of her matter, for failing to safe-keep the client’s property, for charging an unreasonable fee, for failing to return an unearned fee, for failing to maintain an attorney trust account, for record-keeping violations and for engaging in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation.

SHEDLICK, Christopher Broughton – Commission Reprimand as a reciprocal matter to his Virginia public reprimand on May 2, 2009, for failing to supervise his nonlawyer assistant; for sharing fees with the nonlawyer assistant; for assisting another in the unauthorized practice of law; for the use of misleading advertisements that are likely to create unjustified expectations; for using a firm name, letterhead or other professional designation that is incorrect; and for stating or implying that he practiced in a partnership when that was not a fact.

SHIN, Hee Jung Jenny – Disbarred by Consent on August 12, 2013, effective immediately, for her criminal conduct involving conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

SUTHERLAND, John Arthur, Jr.  – Disbarred on October 18, 2013, effective immediately, subsequent to his Interim Suspension on October 9, 2013, as a reciprocal discipline based upon revocation of his Virginia law license for abandoning a client and for failing to respond to lawful requests for information from Bar Counsel.

VANDERSLICE, Patrick Edward – Disbarred on September 10, 2013, effective immediately, by Per Curiam Order for misappropriating funds from the law firm of which he was a partner. The Court of Appeals Opinion dated October 21, 2013, cited reasons for the sanction.

WEBER, Erin Marie (aka Anderson, Erin Weber) – Disbarred on March 28, 2014, effective immediately, as a reciprocal matter to her Virginia disbarment on June 5, 2012, for misappropriation of funds as a Court-appointed Conservator.