Disciplinary Actions FY 2014
This list is updated on a monthly basis.
DISCIPLINARY SUMMARIES FY 2014
DAVIS, Dustin Paul – Indefinite Suspension by Consent on July 9, 2013, for his criminal conduct involving theft of personal property.
ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY
WHITE, Kenneth Raymond – Disbarred by Consent on October 11, 2013, for engaging in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation and for engaging in conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice.
HOWELL, Sherrie T. - Suspended for one (1) year on August 21, 2013, effective thirty (30) days from the date thereafter, for transmitting contraband into a prison.
HUNT, Mark Edward – Disbarred on October 1, 2013, for failing to disclose his criminal activities on his Bar Application and submitting a false affirmation to the Board of Law Examiners.
COPPOCK, John Edward, Jr. – Reprimand on July 9, 2013, for making misrepresentations to a creditor to conceal his receipt of funds.
CUADRA, Tabatha Karina – Reprimand by Consent on October 21, 2013, for utilizing misleading advertisements to promote her law practice, for failing to comply with the requirements of Md. Code Ann., Bus. Occ. & Prof. §10-605.2 and for failing to promptly respond to lawful demands for information from Bar Counsel.
DORE, Thomas Patrick – 90-day Suspension on August 20, 2013, effective September 19, 2013, for allowing his staff members to sign his name and falsely notarize his signature to documents to be filed in court.
GRAY, Melissa Donnelle – 60-day Suspension on August 15, 2013, effective thirty (30) days thereafter, for failing to distribute funds from the sale of property to her client and for failing to respond to legal demands for information from Bar Counsel.
JANEY, Neal Marcellas, Sr. – Reprimand by Consent on August 9, 2013, for knowingly failing to timely respond to lawful demands for information from Bar Counsel.
O’LEARY, Gina Michelle – Disbarred on July 10, 2013, for engaging in a sexual relationship with her client while representing him in a domestic matter and for making misrepresentations to opposing counsel, the court and Bar Counsel.
SCHRUEFER, John A., Jr. – Commission Reprimand for failing to safekeep his client’s settlement funds in an attorney trust account and for commingling funds.
SPERLING, Jonathan Daniel – Indefinite Suspension on July 5, 2013, for failing to diligently represent his client, resulting in dismissal of her case, for failing to promptly notify his client of the dismissal, for misrepresenting the status of the case to his client and for misrepresentations to the court.
SPERLING, Leonard J. – Indefinite Suspension on September 27, 2013, effective thirty (30) days from the date thereafter (with the right to reapply for admission after six (6) months), for failing to retain in his attorney trust account a sufficient amount to cover liens against recoveries obtained by his clients, for failing to pay lien amounts due, for his intentional communication with a person represented by counsel without the person’s consent and for delaying, for over four (4) years, the payment of the lien.
SUTLEY, Benjamin Coyle – Indefinite Suspension by Consent on October 15, 2013, for failing to represent his clients with reasonable diligence and promptness, for failing to communicate with the clients about the status of their cases and for failing to maintain unearned fees in escrow.
BOYD, Harold Lockwood, III – Indefinite Suspension by Consent on July 3, 2013 (with the right to reapply for admission after sixty (60) days) for failing to file his personal income tax returns on a timely basis for the years 2004 through 2009.
MAHONE, Daniel Quinn – 30-day Suspension on September 30, 2013, effective thirty (30) days from the date thereafter, for disruptive conduct in the courtroom, for disturbing the peace and for resisting arrest.
HICKEY, Michael Clifford, Jr. – Indefinite Suspension by Consent on August 14, 2013, for drafting a Will making himself and his wife beneficiaries of the client’s estate and for failing to timely notify the decedent’s sole heir of probate proceedings.
WOOD, William C. – Commission Reprimand for closing his law practice without giving notice to his clients and for prejudicing their ability to pursue their cases. He also failed to clearly communicate to a client the basis or rate of a fee and failed to properly maintain his trust account.
COLTON-BELL, Julia – Disbarred on September 26, 2013, effective immediately, for failing to represent her client with competence and reasonable diligence; for failing to consult with and communicate with her client; for charging an unreasonable fee; for the unauthorized practice of law; and for failing to respond to a lawful demand for information by Bar Counsel.
LEVIN, Robert Norman – Reprimand on July 2, 2013, for a willful failure to honor a Writ of Garnishment and for failing to notify a party who had an interest in the trust funds involved.
LU, Michael Wenyue – Reprimand by Consent on July 18, 2013, for failing to properly advise his client, causing the client to be unable to make an informed decision concerning an admission and for relaying to opposing counsel that his client would make the admission.
MURRAY, Philip Raymond – Commission Reprimand for failing to maintain in trust and keep separate, funds that were in dispute between his client and third parties and for failing to render promptly a full accounting regarding the disputed funds.
ROBINSON, Kenneth Michael - Interim Suspension on October 18, 2013, effective immediately, for negligent misappropriation of trust funds.
TUMA, Malik James – Reprimand by Consent on July 22, 2013, for failing to respond to legal requests for information from Bar Counsel.
PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY
BELL, Jimmy Anthony – Indefinite Suspension on July 8, 2013 (with the right to reapply after thirty (30) days), for failing to maintain proper records for various client matters over a two (2) year period.
DAVY, Michelle - Disbarred on September 5, 2013, effective immediately, Per Curiam Order. Court of Appeals Opinion to follow when received.
HARMON, Anthony Maurice – Indefinite Suspension on August 19, 2013 (with the right to apply for reinstatement no sooner than six (6) months), by Per Curiam Order and Opinion for commingling funds, for failing to properly maintain his attorney trust account and related financial records and for failing to respond to lawful demands for information from Bar Counsel.
STILLWELL, Garland Howe – Indefinite Suspension on September 13, 2013 (with the right to reapply for admission after sixty (60) days), as well as a prior suspension for six (6) months on August 22, 2013. The September, 2013 Indefinite Suspension was for failing to place an unearned client retainer fee in an attorney trust account, for lack of diligence and for failing to respond to the client’s requests about the status of her matter.
STILLWELL, Garland Howe – Six (6) month Suspension on August 22, 2013, as reciprocal discipline, based on his August 27, 2009 District of Columbia 60-day suspension, for inaccurately representing his status at the law firm where he was employed, for making false representations on behalf of a friend and for improperly charging personal expenses to the firm.
BILLMYRE, John Gary – Indefinite Suspension by Consent on October 9, 2013, for failing to represent his clients with competence and for neglecting his clients’ cases.
BRADLEY, Stephanie Yvonne – Interim Suspension on September 20, 2013, as a result of reciprocal action following her suspension in the District of Columbia on July 11, 2013.
HOANG, John Thanh - Disbarred on August 19, 2013, effective immediately, by Per Curiam Opinion, for devising and carrying out a scheme to defraud the U.S. Government of funds by preparing tax returns with fraudulent deductions and for failing to file personal federal tax returns for eight (8) years.
SHEDLICK, Christopher Broughton – Commission Reprimand as a reciprocal matter to his Virginia public reprimand on May 2, 2009, for failing to supervise his nonlawyer assistant; for sharing fees with the nonlawyer assistant; for assisting another in the unauthorized practice of law; for the use of misleading advertisements that are likely to create unjustified expectations; for using a firm name, letterhead or other professional designation that is incorrect; and for stating or implying that he practiced in a partnership when that was not a fact.
SHIN, Hee Jung Jenny – Disbarred by Consent on August 12, 2013, effective immediately, for her criminal conduct involving conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
SUTHERLAND, John Arthur, Jr. – Disbarred on October 18, 2013, effective immediately, subsequent to his Interim Suspension on October 9, 2013, as a reciprocal discipline based upon revocation of his Virginia law license for abandoning a client and for failing to respond to lawful requests for information from Bar Counsel.
VANDERSCLICE, Patrick Edward – Disbarred on September 10, 2013, effective immediately, by Per Curiam Order for misappropriating funds from the law firm of which he was a partner. The Court of Appeals Opinion dated October 21, 2013, cited reasons for the sanction.