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Glenn T. Harrell, Jr.

Glenn T. Harrell, Jr.

Retired Judge, Court of Appeals of Maryland

ATTORNEY GRIEVANCE COMM'N v. HAMILTON

Issue: What sanction should the Court impose upon an attorney who failed to represent his clients competently, missed court appearance without explanation, prompted sanctions upon his clients for his failure to respond to discovery, failed to communicate with his clients, failed to deposit funds into his attorney trust account, charged an unreasonable fee, failed to return unearned fees, misrepresented the nature of his work on a case, misappropriated funds, and failed to respond to lawful inquiries from Bar Counsel?

Holding: Considering his multiple violations, the Court disbarred this attorney for his failure to represent his clients competently, for missing court appearances, for his failure to file discovery, for his failure to communicate with clients, for lying to his clients, for misappropriating client funds and failing to return unearned fees, and for failing to cooperate with Bar Counsel.

Alleged Violations: Maryland Lawyers' Rules of Professional Conduct MLRPC 1.1 (Competence), 1.3 (Diligence), 1.4(a) and (b) (Communication), 1.15(c) (Safekeeping Property), 1.16(d) (Declining or Terminating Representation), 8.1(b) (Bar Admission and Disciplinary Matters), and 8.4(a) and (d) (Misconduct), in addition to Maryland Rule 16-604 and Md. Bus. Occ. & Prof. Code Ann. § 10-306.

Citation: Misc. Docket AG No. 18 September Term, 2013 Misc. Docket, AG No. 3 September Term, 2014

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