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Maryland Attorneys                   Disciplinary Actions FY 2014

2014-04-23  — The Maryland Judiciary provides this information as a public service. Information contained on this web site is believed to be accurate but is not guaranteed. For more information, or to determine if an attorney has been reinstated, please contact the Attorney Grievance Commission at (410) 514-7051.

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

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.

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.

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