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Robert M. Bell

Robert M. Bell

Retired Chief Judge, Court of Appeals of Maryland


Issue: Should a lawyer who copied and pasted the signature of another attorney on a document without her permission be suspended from the practice of law?

Holding: Because the client was not harmed and the attorney believed that he had authorization to place his opposing counsel's signature on the document, the majority of the Court believed that a reprimand was sufficient to protect the public.

Alleged Violations: Rules 3.3, Candor Toward the Tribunal, 8.4, Misconduct, and Criminal Law Article § 8-606 (Making false entries in public record)

Citation: 423 Md. 268, 31 A.3d 512 (2011)