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Joseph F. Murphy, Jr.

Joseph F. Murphy, Jr.

Retired Judge, Court of Appeals of Maryland


Issue: What was the appropriate sanction for an attorney who failed to respond to Bar Counsel's repeated requests for information?

Holding: Only a public reprimand is needed in light of such mitigating factors as (1) no misappropriation; (2) no intention to continue practicing law; (3) full cooperation with Bar Counsel when the issue was raised; (4) no selfish or dishonest motive; (5) no prior disciplinary record; and (6) no harm to clients.

Alleged Violations: MRPC 1.3 (Diligence); 8.1(b) (Disciplinary Matters)

Citation: 407 Md. 556, 967 A.2d 198 (2009)