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Judge Booth

Judge Booth

Judge, Court of Appeals of Maryland


Issue: What sanction should the Court impose upon a lawyer who represented a client in District Court auto accident case, but failed to respond to discovery or to appear for trial, failed to inform his client of a default judgment against him, made no effort to vacate the judgment, refused to refund any of the client's fee, and ignored several requests from Bar Counsel for more information?

Holding: Having committed multiple offenses in this representation, obstructed Bar Counsel's investigation by refusing to provide a substantive written response to the complaint and to Bar Counsel's multiple requests for information, refused to acknowledge the wrongful nature of his conduct, blamed his client and opposing counsel for his misconduct, and made no effort regarding restitution until eve of his evidentiary hearing, this lawyer was indefinitely suspended from the practice of law.

Alleged Violations: Maryland Attorneys' Rules of Professional Conduct Rules ("MARPC") (1) Rule 1.1 (Competence); (2) Rule 1.3 (Diligence); (3) Rule 1.4(a) and (b) (Communication); (4) Rule 1.5(a) (Fees); (5) Rule 1.16(d) (Declining or Terminating Representation); (6) Rule 3.2 (Expediting Litigation); (7) Rule 3.4(d) (Fairness to Opposing Party and Attorney); (8) Rule 8.1(b) (Bar Admission and Disciplinary Matters); and (9) Rule 8.4(a) and (d) (Misconduct).

Citation: Misc. Docket AG No. 19

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