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Sally D. Adkins

Sally D. Adkins

Judge, Court of Appeals of Maryland

ATTORNEY GRIEVANCE COMM'N v. SHOCKETT

Issue: What sanction should the Court impose upon an attorney who withdrew funds from his client's trust account without authorization, failed to return the money, stopped communicating and failed to perform the legal services for which he was hired?

Holding: Combined with his failure to perform the legal services for which he was paid, his abandonment of the client, refusal to return escrow funds and failure to respond to Bar Counsel's repeated requests for information warrant disbarment.

Alleged Violations: Maryland Lawyers' Rules of Professional Conduct 1.4(a)(1)-(3) and (b) (Communication); MLRPC 1.15(a) (Safekeeping Property); and MLRPC 8.4(a)-(d) (Misconduct).

Citation: Misc. Docket AG No. 19