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Judge Booth

Judge, Court of Appeals of Maryland

ATTORNEY GRIEVANCE COMM'N v. COLLINS

Issue: What sanction should the Court impose upon an attorney who failed to communicate with her client, failed to timely respond to discovery, failed to respond to two motions for sanctions, failed to obtain discovery from opposing counsel, failed to adequately prepare her client, witnesses, and herself for a hearing, failed to respond to requests made by the minor child's court-appointed lawyer to meet with her client, and disregarded her professional obligations to her client, other counsel, and the court?

Holding: Although the lawyer's misconduct was limited to one client matter, her substantial experience, combined with her unwillingness to take responsibility for her misconduct and the corresponding blame she heaped upon others, warrants a 60-day suspension.

Alleged Violations: Maryland Attorneys' Rules of Professional Conduct Rules ("MARPC") 19-301.1 (Competence); 19-301.3 (Diligence); 19-301.4 (Communication); 19-303.4(d) (Fairness to Opposing Party and Attorney); and 19- 308.4(a) and (d) (Misconduct).

Citation: Misc. Docket AG No. 8

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