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Joseph M. Getty

Joseph M. Getty

Judge, Court of Appeals of Maryland

ATTORNEY GRIEVANCE COMM'N v. HECHT

Issue: What sanction should the Court impose upon an attorney who was previously suspended from the practice of law on an unrelated matter, but failed to communicate to his client that he was suspended, made misrepresentations to the client about his suspension, continued to render legal assistance on behalf of the client, and made misrepresentations to Bar Counsel during the investigation?

Holding: The Court of Appeals indefinitely suspended with the right to petition for reinstatement after twelve months from the date of this opinion an attorney who took on representation of a client but was then suspended from the practice of law due to an unrelated matter.

Alleged Violations: Maryland Lawyers' Rules of Professional Conduct Rules 1.1 (Competence), 1.3 (Diligence), 1.4(a) and (b) (Communication), 1.16(a) and (d) (Declining or Terminating Representation), 3.2 (Expediting Litigation), 3.3 (Candor Toward the Tribunal), 3.4(d) (Fairness to Opposing Party and Attorney), 4.1 (Truthfulness in Statements to Others), 5.5(a) and (b) (Unauthorized Practice of Law), 8.1 (Bar Admission and Disciplinary Matters), and 8.4(a), (b), (c), and (d) (Misconduct).

Citation: Misc. Docket AG No. 97

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