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Shirley M. Watts

Shirley M. Watts

Judge, Court of Appeals of Maryland


Issue: What sanction should the Court impose upon an attorney who failed to properly supervise work of non-attorney assistant, failed to provide competent and diligent representation to clients in personal injury and estate matter, failed to adequately communicate with clients about matter, and failed to recognize and advise clients of conflict of interest or to get his clients' informed consent to continue with representation?

Holding: Given the presence of the aggravating factors of substantial experience in the practice of law, multiple violations, and prior attorney discipline in the form of a reprimand by the Commission and the lack of mitigating factors, a suspension from the practice of law for a period of six months with the condition of engagement of a monitor upon reinstatement is the appropriate disposition.

Alleged Violations: Maryland Attorneys’ Rules of Professional Conduct (“MARPC”) 1.1 (Competence), 1.2(a) (Scope of Representation and Allocation of Authority Between Client and Attorney), 1.3 (Diligence), 1.4(a)(2) and (b) (Communication), 1.7 (Conflict of Interest), 1.15(a) and (d) (Safekeeping Property), 1.16(a)(1) (Declining or Terminating Representation), 5.3(b) (Responsibilities Regarding Non-Attorney Assistants), 5.5(a) (Unauthorized Practice of Law), 8.4(d) (Conduct that is Prejudicial to Administration of Justice), and 8.4(a) (Violating MARPC).

Citation: Misc. Docket AG No. 12

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