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Robert M. Bell

Robert M. Bell

Retired Chief Judge, Court of Appeals of Maryland

ATTORNEY GRIEVANCE COMM'N v. LEONARD SPERLING

Issue: What sanction should be imposed upon a lawyer who failed to pay liens for more than four years after settling a case and failed to maintain the appropriate amount of funds in his attorney trust accounts?

Holding: Because these acts were found to have been unintentional and the result of inadvertence or mathematical errors, the Court imposed an indefinite suspension with the right to apply for reinstatement after a minimum of six months.  This sanction was imposed despite a prior sanction for similar misconduct.

UPDATE: This attorney was subsequently disbarred by consent on August 26, 2014.

Alleged Violations: Rules 1.1, Competence; 1.5, Fees, both before and after its amendment; 1.15, Safekeeping Property; 4.2, Communication with Person Represented by Counsel; 4.4, Respect for Rights of Third Persons; and 8.4, Misconduct,of the Maryland Lawyers' Rules of Professional Conduct.

Citation: 434 Md. 658, 76 A.3d 1172 (2013)

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