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Robert N. McDonald

Robert N. McDonald

Judge, Court of Appeals of Maryland


Issue: What sanction should the Court impose upon an experienced attorney who had previously been disciplined for violations related to neglect of client matters, failed to attend diligently to the immigration cases of two clients, resulting in significant delay in the resolution of those cases, and failed to respond in a timely manner to the lawful requests of Bar Counsel concerning complaints filed against him by those clients?

Holding: While the misconduct was attributable in part to the attorney's psychological issues and was mitigated by the attorney's remorse, protection of the public requires an indefinite suspension pending his efforts to resolve his personal issues.

Alleged Violations: Maryland Lawyers' Rules of Professional Conduct ("MLRPC") 1.1 (Competence), 1.3 (Diligence), 1.4 (Communication), 1.5 (Fees), 1.15 (Safekeeping Property), 1.16 (Declining or Terminating Representation), 8.1(b) (Bar Admission and Disciplinary Matters), and 8.4(c) & (d) (Misconduct).

Citation:  447 Md. 253 (2016)