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Robert M. Bell

Robert M. Bell

Retired Chief Judge, Court of Appeals of Maryland

ATTORNEY GRIEVANCE COMM'N v. STILLWELL [Stillwell I]

Issue: What sanction should be imposed upon a lawyer whom the D.C. Court of Appeals suspended for 60 days for misrepresenting himself as a senior counsel when he was an associate at a law firm and charging personal expenses to the firm's pro bono accounts?

Holding: Although the lawyer's misconduct involved intentional dishonesty and misrepresentation, it did not involve misappropriation of funds, the attorney did not have any disciplinary history, and the attorney was found to be sincere in his regret.  Considering these mitigating factors, the Court imposed a six-month suspension from practice of law in lieu of disbarment.

Alleged Violations: Rules 8.4(c) and 1.7(b)(1) of the Rules of Professional Conduct.

Citation: 434 Md. 69, 73 A.3d 243 (2013)

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