What is the function of the Maryland Attorney Grievance Commission?

The Maryland Attorney Grievance Commission investigates and disciplines attorneys who violate the Rules of Professional Conduct.   Common reasons why attorneys are disciplined include (a) lack of diligence; (b) incompetence: (c) failure to communicate with clients; (d) neglect; (e) failure to abide by client’s decision; (f) dishonesty; (g) criminal acts;  (h) misappropriation of client’s funds;  (i) commingling of client’s funds and (j) failure to disclose a conflict of interest.

The Attorney Grievance Commission can impose the following sanctions against a transgressing attorney: (a) warning; (b) public reprimand; (c) private reprimand; (d) suspension; and (e) disbarment.

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