Maryland Courts

Maryland Attorneys
Disciplinary Actions FY 2015

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DISCIPLINARY SUMMARIES FY 2015


BALTIMORE CITY

BROOKS, Gary Morgan – Commission Reprimand for failing to safe-keep property, for commingling funds, for having a negative balance in his attorney trust account and for improper use of that account.


BALTIMORE COUNTY

CUADRA, Tabatha Karina – Indefinite Suspension by Consent on August 25, 2014, effective sixty (60) days from the date thereof, for failing to represent her clients with competence, reasonable diligence and promptness, for failing to communicate promptly with her clients, for failing to safe-keep property and maintain attorney trust records, for failing to ensure that the conduct of her non-lawyer employees, over whom she had direct supervisory authority, was compatible with the Respondent’s professional obligations, for failing to repay any of her clients who suffered a loss due to her misconduct and for knowingly failing to respond to lawful requests for information from Bar Counsel.

SWERDLIN, Jill Berman, a/k/a Jill Honey Berman/Jill Swerdlin – Disbarred by Consent on July 9, 2014 for criminal conduct that adversely reflects on her honesty, trustworthiness or fitness as a lawyer and for conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice.


MONTGOMERY COUNTY

BLUMENFELD, Scott Brian – Indefinite Suspension by Consent on July 17, 2014, effective sixty (60) days from the date thereof (with the right to reapply for admission after six (6) months from the effective date), for charging unreasonable fees, for providing incompetent representation and for failing to supervise non-lawyer assistants who fraudulently witnessed and notarized estate documents.

ZHANG, Runan – Disbarred on July 21, 2014, for failing to provide competent representation, for a conflict of interest, for misrepresenting to her co-counsel that the co-counsel had authority to sign settlement agreements on behalf of the client without advising the client of the agreements and obtaining her consent, for the unauthorized practice of law and for dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation.


PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY

HARMON, Anthony Maurice – Disbarment by Consent on July 24, 2014, for making misrepresentations to Bar Counsel during the investigation of a complaint and during a deposition.

MUNGIN, Vaughn Miles – Indefinite Suspension on July 18, 2014, effective thirty (30) days from the date thereof (with the right to reapply for admission after six (6) months from the effective date), for failing to provide competent representation, for failing to safe-keep property, for failing to pay two (2) medical providers’ liens for over two (2) years, for failing to properly maintain trust account records for his clients, for engaging in prohibited trust account transactions and for mishandling trust funds.


OUT-OF-STATE

IWEANOGE, John O., II – Commission Reprimand for failing to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client.

JORDAN, Laura Elizabeth – Indefinite Suspension by Consent on July 18, 2014, (with the right to reapply for admission in Maryland after 18 months from the date thereof), for failing to timely file tax returns for multiple tax years, for failing to pay income taxes owed, for negligently misappropriating estate funds and for failing to provide competent and diligent representation to the estate.

MILLER, Karen Jones
– Disbarred by Consent on July 25, 2014, as a reciprocal action related to her District of Columbia disbarment on February 6, 2014, for misappropriating funds entrusted to her as the court-appointed conservator and guardian of property of the Ward and as personal representative of the Ward’s probate estate after his death. 

SULLIVAN, John J., Jr. – Disbarred by Consent on July 16, 2014, as a reciprocal action related to his Delaware disbarment on March 7, 2014, for making false certification of multiple HUD-1 real estate settlement statements and for his impermissible use of other clients’ funds in his firm’s escrow account to fund all or part of the buyers’ contributions in certain real estate settlements that occurred between 2006 and 2008.