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Clayton Greene, Jr.

Clayton Greene, Jr.

Judge, Court of Appeals of Maryland


Issue: What sanction should the Court impose upon an attorney with a significant disciplinary history who failed to deposit unearned fees into an attorney trust account, charged an unreasonable fee, failed to return unearned fees following her abandonment of clients, failed to keep her clients adequately informed, and failed to cooperate or respond to Bar Counsel during the course of theinvestigations?

Holding: Considering her lengthy history with the attorney grievance process, the lawyer's multiple instances of misconduct involving several clients, including her failure to deposit unearned fees into an attorney trust account, charging of an unreasonable fee, failure to return unearned fees following her abandonment of clients, failure to keep her clients adequately informed, and her failure to cooperate or respond to Bar Counsel during the course of the investigations warrant the sanction of disbarment.

Alleged Violations: Maryland Lawyers' Rules of Professional Conduct 1.1 (Competence), 1.2 (Scope of Representation and Allocation of Authority Between Client and Lawyer), 1.3 (Diligence), 1.4 (Communication), Rule 1.5 (Fees), Rule 1.15 (Safekeeping Property), 1.16 (Declining or Terminating Representation), Rule 8.1 (Bar Admission and Disciplinary Matters), and Rule 8.4 (Misconduct); Maryland Rules 16-604 (Trust account - Required deposits), 16-606.1 (Attorney trust account record-keeping) and 16-609 (Prohibited transactions); and Md. Bus. Occ. & Prof. Code Ann. § 10-306 (Misuse of Trust Money).

Citation: Misc. Docket AG Nos. 56, September Term, 2013, 18, September Term, 2014, 26, September Term, 2014

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