Maryland Courts

Maryland Attorneys
Disciplinary Actions FY 2015

The Maryland Judiciary provides this information as a public service. Information contained on this web site is believed to be accurate but is not guaranteed. For more information, or to determine if an attorney has been reinstated, please contact the Attorney Grievance Commission at (410) 514-7051.

This list is updated on a monthly basis.

DISCIPLINARY SUMMARIES FY 2015


ALLEGANY COUNTY

LITMAN, Donald Saunders – Indefinite Suspension on October 21, 2014, effective immediately, as a reciprocal action to his public censure by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on November 27, 2012, for failing to provide competent representation to his client, for intentionally misrepresenting facts and law to a tribunal and for interfering with the administration of justice


ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY

GREIDINGER, Marc Alan – Commission Reprimand for his unintentional attempt to bring a handgun into the Maryland Court of Appeals building.

MARCALUS, Jeffrey S. – Disbarred on February 5, 2015, effective immediately, by Per Curiam Order. Court of Appeals’ Opinion to follow.

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.

GREENBERG, Mitchell Alan – 30-day Suspension by Consent, effective November 20, 2014, for failing to obtain written confirmation that his client agreed to the joint representation by himself and another law firm and for his conflict of interest.

INGERMAN, Bruce E. – Commission Reprimand for failing to provide diligent and prompt representation to his client, for failing to communicate with the client, resulting in the loss of her claim due to the expiration of the statute of limitations, for his conflict of interest and for attempting to enter into an agreement prospectively limiting his liability to the client for malpractice.

LEWIS, Neil Jerome – Disbarred by Consent on September 1, 2014, for failing to provide competent, diligent and prompt representation to his clients, for failing to safe keep property, for failing to deliver promptly to a third party funds to which it was entitled, for regular and intentional misappropriation of funds for his personal benefit, and for engaging in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation.

MIXTER, Mark Thomas – Disbarred on February 2, 2015, for improperly obstructing litigation and for knowingly making intentional misrepresentations to courts, parties and witnesses.

POVERMAN, Christopher W. – Indefinite Suspension on November 21, 2014, effective immediately, as a reciprocal action relating to his Delaware reprimand for making a knowing misrepresentation on an annual registration statement and for repeatedly failing to respond to lawful demands for information from a disciplinary authority.

SHAPIRO, David Benjamin – Reprimand by Consent on November 13, 2014, for engaging in prohibited direct contact with a prospective client that had the appearance of soliciting professional employment.

SHAPIRO, Eugene Alan – Indefinite Suspension on January 30, 2015, effective immediately, for failing to file a client’s medical malpractice claim prior to the expiration of the statute of limitations, for failing to keep his client informed, for misrepresenting the status of the case to his client and for his conflict of interest.

SWEITZER, Philip James – Suspended on September 22, 2014, effective immediately, due to his criminal conviction.

WOLOSZYN, John J. – Indefinite Suspension by Consent on September 4, 2014, for failing to file Maryland state income tax returns for several years and for failing to respond initially to lawful requests for information from Bar Counsel.


BALTIMORE COUNTY

BASINGER, Carl Stephen – Reprimand on February 23, 2015, for having mailed letters to his client containing egregiously unprofessional language, including profanity, after she declined his services.

BLAIR, Floyd Reynard – Disbarred on October 28, 2014, effective immediately, for lack of competence and diligence, for failing to communicate with his client, for abandoning his client by failing to perform legal work, for failing to return an unearned fee and for improper termination of the attorney-client relationship. 

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.

FELDMAN, Larry Jason – Indefinite Suspension by Consent on January 13, 2015, effective January 31, 2015, for failing to provide competent, and diligent representation to his client, for disclosing confidential client information without informed consent of the client, for his criminal misconduct involving prostitution and for failing to be forthcoming with a specially assigned federal disciplinary prosecutor.

GELB, Jason Robin – Disbarred on October 22, 2014, effective immediately, for failing to provide competent, diligent and prompt representation to his clients, for failing to communicate, for charging unreasonable fees, for failing to safe keep property, for commingling funds, for intentional misappropriation of funds and for engaging in prohibited trust account transactions.

HODES, Michael Carl – Disbarred on October 7, 2014, effective immediately.  Respondent engaged in self-dealing, misappropriated funds held in a fiduciary capacity and engaged in misconduct associated with his activities relating to a deceased client who made Respondent trustee of a testamentary trust.

MOODY, Maurice Marnea – Commission Reprimand for failing to maintain adequate records of his attorney trust account that resulted in an overdraft of that account and for commingling his funds with those of his clients and/or third persons.

SHIELDS, Robert Lee, Jr. – Disbarred by Consent on February 13, 2015, effective immediately, for the unauthorized practice of law.

SPERLING, Leonard Jerome – Disbarred by Consent on August 26, 2014, for his intentional misappropriation of client funds, for commingling funds, for failing to maintain appropriate trust account records, for failing to provide competent, diligent and prompt representation to a client, for failing to inform a client of the expiration of the statute of limitations on her claim, for failing to advise the client of a conflict of interest and for knowingly failing to respond to lawful demands for information from Bar Counsel.

STEVENS, Saleh A. – Disbarment by Consent on October 9, 2014, effective immediately, for his criminal conduct involving mail fraud.

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.

THOMAS, Gayton Joseph, Jr. – Disbarred on November 20, 2014, for failing to provide competent, diligent and prompt representation to his client, for failing to communicate with the client, including failure to notify him of a hearing date, for failing to appear at the immigration hearing that resulted in an in absentia order removing the client from the United States and for engaging in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation.

WILLIAMS, Craig – Commission Reprimand for failing to provide competent, diligent and prompt representation to his client, for failing to keep his client informed and, upon termination of the representation, for failing to take steps to the extent reasonably practicable to protect his client’s interest.


CALVERT COUNTY

COCCO, Darlene M. (aka COCCO-ADAMS, Darlene M.) – Disbarred on February 23, 2015 for having knowingly issued and served an invalid subpoena, for misrepresenting to third parties that they were required to comply with an invalid subpoena and for threatening the third parties with personal suit if they failed to comply.          


CARROLL COUNTY

WRAY, Ronald Allen – Indefinite Suspension on September 22, 2014, for failing to pay his child support obligations in violation of a court order.

DORCHESTER COUNTY

BRIGERMAN, Ronald Claude, Jr. – Indefinite Suspension on December 18, 2014, effective immediately, for abandoning a client, for failing to communicate with his clients, for making a misrepresentation to a client and Bar Counsel and for failing to cooperate with Bar Counsel’s investigation.

BRIGERMAN, Ronald Claude, Jr. – Disbarred by Consent on January 16, 2015, effective immediately, for failing to provide competent, diligent and prompt representation to his clients, for failing to abide by his client’s decisions concerning the objectives of the representation, for failing to communicate and, upon termination of representation, for failing to take steps to the extent reasonably practicable to protect his clients’ interests.


HARFORD COUNTY

OLSZEWSKI, Kevin Trent – Indefinite Suspension on January 27, 2015, effective immediately (with the right to apply for reinstatement after six (6) months from the date thereof) for his conflict of interest, for failing to remedy the conflict, for failing to provide competent, diligent and prompt representation to his clients, for mishandling client funds and for failing to maintain disputed funds in trust.

SMITH, Bruce Michael – Indefinite Suspension on February 23, 2015, effective immediately (with the right to apply for reinstatement no sooner than sixty (60) days from the date thereof), for engaging in conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice and for failing to act diligently in performing his duties as an Assistant State’s Attorney.

WORSHAM, Michael Craig – Disbarred on October 3, 2014, effective immediately.  Respondent, with fraudulent intent, failed to file federal or State income tax returns and pay related income taxes over an eight-year period, attempted to conceal income from federal and State agencies and after his misconduct was detected he raised frivolous arguments in the federal courts and the Court of Appeals about his federal tax liability.


HOWARD COUNTY

AMOS, Esthus Christopher – Indefinite Suspension on December 17, 2014, effective immediately, for failing to pay his child support arrearage.

BROIDA, Charles J. – Disbarred by Consent on December 15, 2014, effective immediately, for misappropriating estate funds and for fabricating account statements to conceal his conduct.

HALEY, Kenneth – Indefinite Suspension by Consent on December 10, 2014, effective January 1, 2015, for failing to provide competent, diligent and prompt representation to his clients, for failing to communicate with his clients and for making numerous misrepresentations.  The Court of Appeals issued a subsequent notice on January 1, 2015, confirming his indefinite suspension.


MONTGOMERY COUNTY

ALONSO, Jaime Arthuro – Disbarred by Consent on January 28, 2015, effective January 31, 2015, for misappropriating legal fees belonging to his former employer.  Respondent converted over $20,000 for his own use in connection with more than 48 cases during his employment.  Respondent voluntarily paid restitution in full to the Firm.

BLONDES, Leonard Saul – Disbarred by Consent on November 7, 2014, effective sixty (60) days from the date thereof, for failing to safe keep property and for engaging in conduct that is prejudicial to the administration of justice.

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.

BRISKER, Arthur B. – Commission Reprimand for drafting a will in which he was named a beneficiary. His bequest was to be given to the client’s nephew to dissuade the client’s estranged wife from asserting a claim against the estate.  Respondent, as Personal Representative, sent written confirmation to the nephew of the bequest and a copy of the will to the client’s wife, who filed a petition to caveat the will.

CHANG, Sandy Yeh – Two (2) year Suspension by Consent on November 7, 2014, Nunc Pro Tunc to January 23, 2014, for allowing a non-lawyer to file false Credit Counseling Certificates using her ECF login and password.

DIMAS, Marilyn D. – Disbarred by Consent on October 21, 2014, effective 45 days from the date thereof, for failing to safe keep property, for failing to timely file state and federal tax returns and for failing to timely pay taxes for tax years 2006 through 2010.

GREEN, John Melvin – Indefinite Suspension on December 22, 2014, effective immediately, for failing to communicate adequately with a client, for unreasonable fees, for failing to deposit an unearned advance retainer in a trust account and for failing to respond to lawful demands for information from Bar Counsel.

GREEN, John Melvin – Indefinite Suspension by Consent on January 27, 2015, for knowingly failing to respond to lawful demands for information from Bar Counsel.

KOZEL, Claire Elizabeth – Disbarred by Consent on November 14, 2014, for her criminal conduct.

McBRIDE, Joseph F. – Disbarred by Consent on December 16, 2014, effective immediately, for misappropriating client funds.

WILLS, Talieb Nilaja – Disbarred on October 3, 2014, effective 45 days from the date thereof.   Respondent misappropriated his client’s funds, was deceitful about those funds and the work he performed for that client.

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

BARNETT, Michael Francis – Disbarred on October 3, 2014, effective immediately, by Per Curiam Order.  The Court of Appeals’ Opinion dated October 22, 2014 concluded that Respondent forged his client’s signature on a document without her authorization or knowledge, failed to communicate with the client and made material misrepresentations to Bar Counsel.

BELL, Donald La’drae  – Commission Reprimand for failing to provide reasonable diligence and prompt representation to a client by failing to submit a loan modification package to the client’s lender and for failing to communicate with the client.

FELDER, Thomas Wesley, II – Disbarred on September 11, 2014, effective immediately, for lack of competence and diligence, for failing to communicate with his client, for abandoning his client by failing to perform legal work, for failing to maintain unearned fees in trust, for failing to promptly return an unearned fee, for improper termination of the attorney-client relationship and for assisting another in the unauthorized practice of law.

FISH, Pamela Ann – Disbarred by Consent on October 9, 2014, effective thirty (30) days from the date thereof, as a reciprocal action to her August 21, 2014 one (1) year suspension for negligently and incompetently representing her client and for converting and mishandling client funds.

GAGE-COHEN, Christine Boco – Disbarred on October 21, 2014, effective immediately, for failing to provide competent, diligent and prompt representation to her client, for failing to communicate with the client, for improper termination of the attorney-client relationship and for  misappropriation of client funds.

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.

KUM, Joseph Mua – Disbarred on September 10, 2014, effective immediately.  Respondent misappropriated client funds and abandoned his law practice when he left the United States in 2011.

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.

WORTHY, Michael Ron – Indefinite Suspension by Consent on February 23, 2015, effective immediately (with the right to apply for reinstatement at any time provided restitution is paid in full) for charging his client an unreasonable fee and upon termination of the representation, for failing to take steps to the extent reasonably practicable to protect the client’s interests.

VARNADO, Sean Anthony – Indefinite Suspension by Consent on December 1, 2014, effective immediately (with the right to apply for reinstatement no sooner than ninety (90) days from the date thereof) for commingling funds and for conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice. 


QUEEN ANNE'S COUNTY

RENO, Sandra Lynn – Six (6) month Suspension on November 19, 2014, effective thirty (30) days from the date thereof, for assisting in the purchase of a handgun for an individual who was prohibited from possessing a regulated firearm and for knowingly participating in the illegal receipt of said firearm by the prohibited individual.


ST MARY'S COUNTY

WEIERS, Daun Robert – Reprimand on October 22, 2014, for commingling funds and for knowingly failing to respond to lawful demands for information from Bar Counsel.


TALBOT COUNTY

OLANDER, Christopher Dean – Indefinite Suspension by Consent on January 15, 2015, effective January 31, 2015, for failing to safeguard property of clients or third persons in an attorney trust account and for commingling client funds in his operating account.


WASHINGTON COUNTY

CHUKLA, Joseph, Jr. – Commission Reprimand for failing to take reasonable measures to ensure that the attorney he hired as a consultant and expert witness made full and complete disclosures to the heirs of real property and the Orphan’s Court relating to the transfer of said real property.


OUT-OF-STATE

ADAMS, Scott Gregory – Reprimand on February 5, 2015, as a reciprocal action to his reprimand in Maine, for failing to file a client’s federal estate tax return in a timely manner.

BENNETT, Darrell J., Jr. – Disbarred by Consent on October 10, 2014, for his conviction related to his possession of child pornography.

BUEHLER, David Peter – Disbarred on December 10, 2014, effective immediately, by Per Curiam Order.  Court of Appeals’ opinion to follow.

BUTLER, Lance, III – Reprimand on January 27, 2015, for knowingly failing to respond to multiple requests for information from Bar Counsel.

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.

KARGER, William Harry – Reprimand by Consent on December 22, 2014, for failing to communicate with his client and for engaging in the unauthorized practice of law in the state of Florida while winding down a law practice.

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. 

NACE, Barry John – 120-day suspension on October 25, 2013, Nunc Pro Tunc as a reciprocal action to his suspensions in the District of Columbia on September 4, 2014 and West Virginia on March 28, 2013, for failing to represent his client with competence and diligence, for failing to communicate, for failing to safe keep property and for dishonesty.

PHILLIPS, Duane Timothy – Indefinite Suspension on January 22, 2015, effective immediately, as a reciprocal action to his three (3) month suspension in New Jersey on February 12, 2014, for failing to act with reasonable diligence and promptness, for engaging in the unauthorized practice of law and for knowingly making a false statement of material fact in connection with a disciplinary matter.

PLIMPTON, Thomas William – Disbarred by Consent on December 18, 2014, effective immediately, as a reciprocal action to his disbarment in New York on September 11, 2014 for his criminal conduct involving conversion of client funds by fraud between 2009 – 2013.

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.