(a) Statement of Charges. A copy of a Statement of Charges filed pursuant to Rule 19-718 shall be served on an attorney in the manner prescribed by Rule 2-121. If after reasonable efforts the attorney cannot be served personally, service may be made upon the employee designated by the Client Protection Fund pursuant to Rule 19-604 (a)(12), who shall be deemed the attorney's agent for receipt of service. The Fund's employee shall send, by both certified mail and ordinary mail, a copy of the papers so served to the attorney at the address maintained in the Fund's records and to any other address provided by Bar Counsel.

(b) Service of Other Papers. Except as otherwise provided in this Chapter, other notices and papers may be served on an attorney in the manner provided by Rule 1-321 for service of papers after an original pleading.

Committee note: The attorney's address contained in the records of the Client Protection Fund of the Bar of Maryland may be the attorney's last known address.

Cross reference: See Rule 19-721 concerning service of a Petition for Disciplinary or Remedial Action.

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