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Mary Ellen  Barbera

Mary Ellen Barbera

Chief Judge, Court of Appeals of Maryland


Issue: What sanction should the Court impose upon a lawyer who repeatedly neglected client affairs, failed to communicate with his clients or to respond to Bar Counsel, failed to deposit client funds in an attorney trust account until earned, failed to refund unearned fees, and lied about the misappropriation?

Holding: In abandoning the representation of seven clients, failing to respond to client inquiries in ten cases, failing to place unearned fees into his trust account, lying to his clients about the need for more money and misappropriating one of these payments, this lawyer's deceitful and dishonest conduct, coupled with his lack of remorse, indifference to restitution and lack of cooperating in these proceedings, warranted the sanction of disbarment.

Alleged Violations: Maryland Attorneys' Rules of Professional Conduct Rules ("MARPC") 19- 301.1 (Competence), 19-301.2(a) (Scope of Representation), 19-301.3 (Diligence), 19- 301.4 (Communication), 19-301.15(a) and (c) (Safekeeping of Property), 19-301.16(d) (Declining or Terminating Representation), 19-303.2 (Expediting Litigation), 19-305.5(a) (Unauthorized Practice of Law), 19-308.1(b) (Bar Admission and Disciplinary Matters), and 19-308.4(a), (c), and (d) (Misconduct). Additionally, Respondent violated Maryland Code (2000, 2018 Repl. Vol.), §§ 10-304(a) and 10-306 of the Business Occupations and Professions Article.

Citation: Misc. Docket AG No. 3

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