The Maryland Supreme Court issued an order on January 19, 2024, disbarring attorney Anitha W. Johnson from practicing law in the state. This comes after Johnson was disbarred in the District of Columbia in July 2023 for multiple violations of professional conduct rules over several years.
The case is entitled “Attorney Grievance Commission of Maryland v. Anitha W. Johnson,” with case no. 33.
The D.C. Court of Appeals disbarment stemmed from charges brought against Johnson involving six different matters with five clients from 2007 to 2014. She was found to have committed instances of dishonesty, negligence, and client abandonment that significantly harmed her clients. An ad hoc hearing committee and the Board on Professional Responsibility both recommended disbarment after determining Johnson showed a lack of character and disregard for ethical obligations.
The D.C. appeals court affirmed these recommendations on July 27, 2023, concurring with the board that Johnson’s deceitful behavior extended for seven years. Her misleading actions with disciplinary counsel went on until 2018 and 2019. Given her repeated false testimony and lack of remorse, along with the severity and recurrence of misconduct, the court ruled disbarment was warranted and in line with legal precedent.
By ordering Johnson’s disbarment in Maryland, the state’s supreme court upheld the decision from D.C. to remove her law license due to sustained unethical behavior and violations of professional rules of conduct over multiple client matters.
The Disposition states:
“ORDERED that, effective immediately, the Respondent, Anitha Wileen Johnson, is disbarred from the practice of law in the State of Maryland,”
According to Avvo.com, Ms. Johnson was a personal injury attorney in Lanham, Maryland. She attended the University of Baltimore School of Law, graduating in 2005. She acquired her law license in Maryland in the same year.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.