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Robert N. McDonald

Robert N. McDonald

Judge, Court of Appeals of Maryland

ATTORNEY GRIEVANCE COMM'N v. TRYE

Issue: What sanction should the Court impose upon an attorney who, in the course of handling her own divorce proceedings, falsified a loan modification application, lied to the court and to opposing counsel regarding compliance with her discovery obligations, and fraudulently altered a negotiated draft settlement agreement and consent order?

Holding: When an attorney makes falsifies a loan modification application, lies to the court and to opposing counsel regarding compliance with her discovery obligations, and fraudulently alters a negotiated draft settlement agreement and consent order before returning them to the opposing party and counsel for signature, disbarment is the appropriate sanction.

Alleged Violations: Maryland Lawyers' Rules of Professional Conduct 3.2 (expediting litigation) 3.3(a)(1) & (4) (false statement to tribunal), 3.4(c) & (d) (fairness to opposing party), 4.1(a) (false statement to third party), 4.2 (communication with person represented by counsel), 8.4(c) (dishonest conduct) and 8.4(d) (conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice).

Citation: Misc. Docket AG No. 34, September Term, 2014