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Glenn T. Harrell, Jr.

Glenn T. Harrell, Jr.

Retired Judge, Court of Appeals of Maryland

ATTORNEY GRIEVANCE COMM'N v. LITMAN

Issue: What reciprocal sanction should the Court impose upon an attorney who was disciplined in Pennsylvania for failing to represent  his client competently, intentionally misrepresenting the facts and law to a tribunal, making frivolous contentions, and interfering with the administration of justice?

Holding: Although the attorney was subject only to a public censure by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, the Court suspended this attorney indefinitely with a right to apply for reinstatement no sooner than six months.  In the Court's view, Pennsylvania’s public censure falls, in level of severity in Maryland’s sanctions hierarchy, between a public reprimand and a suspension.  Finding no sanction perfectly analogous to Pennsylvania's remedy, the Court imposed a suspension.

Alleged Violations: Maryland Lawyers’ Rules of Professional Conduct Rules 1.1, 1.16(a)(1), 3.1, 3.3(a), and 8.4(a), (c) and (d).

Citation: 440 Md. 205 (2014)

UPDATE: Reinstated by a majority of the Court on May 19, 2016.

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