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Lynne A. Battaglia

Lynne A. Battaglia

Retired Judge, Court of Appeals of Maryland


Issue: What sanction should the Court impose upon an attorney who concocted a false conspiracy theory which misrepresented facts to intimidate his circuit court rivals, advanced unsubstantiated claims of fraud against the opposing party and misled a judge into believing that this party faced criminal charges?

Holding: Shirking his duty to manifest integrity as an officer of the court, this lawyer misrepresented facts to a court with the intent to secure a favorable outcome, used abhorrent tactics to intimidate his opponents into settling, pursued litigation in a vexatious manner, attempted to disqualify any attorney retained by the opposing party, and intolerably delayed and sullied the ensuing disciplinary process. Going beyond the bounds of proper advocacy to abuse the system and the rights of others, this lawyer merited disbarment.

Alleged Violations: Maryland Attorneys' Rules of Professional Conduct Rules ("MARPC") 1.1 (Competence), 3.1 (Meritorious Claims and Contentions), 3.4 (Fairness to Opposing Party and Counsel), 4.4 (Respect for Rights of Third Persons), 8.4(a) (Violating MLRPC), 8.4(c) (Dishonesty, Fraud, Deceit, or Misrepresentation) and 8.4(d) (Conduct that is Prejudicial to the Administration of Justice).

Citation: Misc. Docket AG No. 77

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