Experienced Attorney Grievance Defense Lawyer in Maryland
If you are a licensed Maryland attorney who has received a complaint letter from the Maryland Bar Counsel, it is imperative that you contact an attorney grievance defense lawyer right away. Your response to this letter will impact whether Bar Counsel decides to docket this complaint, or end their investigation before additional proceedings are required. A poorly conceived or drafted response, or failure to respond in a timely manner, can result in disbarment by the Maryland Court of Appeals. Richard Finci, Houlon Berman’s top attorney grievance defense lawyer, can help guide you through the grievance process, doing everything he can to protect your professional reputation and future career.
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Why Shouldn’t An Attorney Self-Represent?
When an attorney receives a complaint letter from Bar Counsel, the attorney can choose to self-represent or contact another attorney for assistance. On many occasions, attorneys who receive these complaints choose to respond immediately themselves without fully contemplating how best fully and professionally respond. Since the complaint letters often attack the attorney’s character or credibility, legal acumen, ability and/or professional judgment, it is natural and normal for the Attorney’s emotions to impact upon the content and appropriateness of the response, no matter an attorney’s wealth of knowledge and experience at law. Impaired judgment after receiving a bar counsel complaint letter can lead to the following common mistakes:
Common Mistakes Made After Receiving an Attorney Grievance Complaint
- Ignoring the letter and failing to submit a response.
- Submitting a response to the letter after the deadline has already passed.
- Not fully addressing the initial complaint letter (this letter should be thoroughly researched and factually supportable with as much corroborating information as possible).
- Misleading or misrepresenting information in the response.
- Failing to address escrow and financial issues fully.
By hiring an experienced attorney grievance defense lawyer, you increase your chances of getting the complaint dismissed before Bar Counsel takes further legal action. Richard Finci is committed to and ensuring that your response is thorough prior to its submission.
Possible Outcomes Of An Attorney Grievance Complaint
If the attorney grievance complaint makes it all the way to the Maryland Court of Appeals, there are many sanctions that can be imposed on the attorney. Although it is still possible for the case to get dismissed, there are several other potential outcomes, including the following:
- Dismissal of the Complaint without formal charges or even after formal charges are filed.
- Conditional Diversion Agreement (CDA): An agreement between Bar Counsel and the attorney that address the reasons misconduct occurred. Through a CDA, attorneys are required to partake in activities that will help educate them about the Maryland Lawyers’ Rules of Professional Conduct.
- Public or private reprimand.
- Disbarment: the highest disciplinary sanction. Certain violations will always result in disbarment, including the conviction of a crime or stealing from an escrow account.
Any of the above sanctions can severely impact an attorney’s reputation and career, including losing clients or even losing the ability to practice law. By contacting an attorney right way, you can help prevent these outcomes and get the assistance you need.
Hire Richard Finci Today
Richard Finci has years of experience successfully representing Maryland attorneys before Bar Counsel, at Peer Review hearings, at disciplinary fact-finding hearings before the Circuit Court and in the final hearings before the Maryland Court of Appeals. Richard is a former peer review attorney, meaning he has served on many peer review panels reviewing the actions of other lawyers in grievance matters. This gives him a more comprehensive understanding of the nuances surrounding attorney grievance complaint procedures.
With his help, you will know exactly what to expect throughout the Maryland attorney grievance process, and even more importantly, how to achieve the best possible outcome. The earlier you get an attorney grievance defense lawyer involved, the more likely you’ll be able to get the complaint dismissed. Whether you still need to respond to the complaint letter, or Bar Counsel has decided to continue their investigation following your initial response, Richard Finci is here to help fight for you.
Looking for help navigating the Maryland attorney grievance process? Contact us online or give Richard Finci a call today.