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Clayton Greene, Jr.

Clayton Greene, Jr.

Judge, Court of Appeals of Maryland

ATTORNEY GRIEVANCE COMM'N v. POWERS

Issue: What sanction should the Court impose upon an attorney for failing to follow his client's instructions while handling a case, failing to communicate with his client and publicly disclosing confidential information about the client while suing that client for attorney's fees?

Holding: Although his conduct during the course of representation demonstrated clear violations of the Rules of Professional Conduct, his misconduct in threatening his client after withdrawing from representation combined with his unnecessary disclosure of privileged information designed to disparage his former client in the collections action warranted an indefinite suspension from the practice of law.

Alleged Violations: Maryland Lawyers' Rules of Professional Conduct 1.2 (Scope of Representation); 1.4 (Communication); 1.6 (Confidentiality of Information); 1.9 (Duties to Former Clients); 1.16(d) (Termination of Representation); 3.1 (Meritorious Claims and Contentions); 4.4 (Respect for Rights of Third Persons); 8.4 (Misconduct).

Citation 454 Md. 79 (2017)

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