Maryland Courts

Maryland Attorneys
Disciplinary Actions FY 2015

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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


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.

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

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.

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, by Per Curiam Order for self-dealing, for misappropriation of funds held in a fiduciary capacity and for misconduct associated with his activities relating to a deceased client who made Respondent trustee of a testamentary trust.  The Court of Appeals’ Opinion to follow.

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.


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.

HARFORD COUNTY

WORSHAM, Michael Craig – Disbarred on October 3, 2014, effective immediately, by Per Curiam Order.  Court of Appeals’ Opinion to follow.


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.

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.

WILLS, Talieb Nilaja – Disbarred on October 3, 2014, effective immediately, by Per Curiam Order.  Court of Appeals’ Opinion to follow.

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.

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, by a Per Curiam Order.  Court of Appeals Opinion to follow.

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.


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.


OUT-OF-STATE

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

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.