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Lynne A. Battaglia

Lynne A. Battaglia

Retired Judge, Court of Appeals of Maryland

ATTORNEY GRIEVANCE COMM'N v. RAND (RAND III)

Issue: What sanction should the Court impose upon an attorney who failed to keep his client apprised of the costs of representation and the status of filings, asserted an invalid retaining lien and failed to comply with requests from Bar Counsel for documents and information?

Holding: Indefinite suspension is the appropriate sanction when an attorney fails to keep his client apprised of the costs of representation and the status of filings, asserts an invalid retaining lien and fails to comply with requests from Bar Counsel for documents and information.

Alleged Violations: Maryland Lawyers' Rules of Professional Conduct ("MLRPC") M1.1 (Competence), 1.3 (Diligence), 1.4 (Communication), 1.5(a) (Fees), 1.15(a) (Safekeeping Property), 1.16(d) (Declining or Terminating Representation), 8.1 (Bar Admission and Disciplinary Matters), 8.4(a), (c), and (d) (Misconduct); Maryland Rule 16–606.1 (Attorney Trust Account Record–Keeping).

Citation:  445 Md. 581 (2015)