On Thursday, October 26, 2023, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania issued an order suspending New Jersey attorney George Louis Farmer from practicing law in Pennsylvania. This action came in response to disciplinary action already taken against Farmer by the state of Maryland.
The case is entitled “In the Matter of George Louis Farme,” with case no. 113 DB 2023.
According to the court order, Farmer is being suspended from practicing law in Pennsylvania based on the July 10, 2023 opinion issued by the Maryland Supreme Court.
In the Maryland case, Farmer was found to have committed multiple acts of professional misconduct while representing a client in Maryland on matters between April and May 2020. Specifically, Farmer was found to have engaged in the unauthorized practice of law in Maryland, represented clients with conflicting interests, overcharged a client and billed for unreasonable fees, and initiated a frivolous lawsuit.
According to the suspension order issued by the Maryland Supreme Court, Farmer billed one client $158,589.18 for 416 hours of alleged legal work over just a three-month period from April to July 2020. The order also noted that Farmer billed this client $105,258.88 for 262 hours of work alone from April 18 to May 20, 2020. The Maryland court found these fees to be excessive and unreasonable.
In response to the charges, Farmer made several objections, claiming the Bar Counsel pursued the charges in retaliation for an ethics complaint he filed against the opposing counsel and denied him due process. However, the Maryland court rejected these claims as “baseless objections.”
Given the disciplinary action already taken against Farmer in Maryland, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court then issued its October 26, 2023 order suspending Farmer’s license to practice law in Pennsylvania as well. Under the order, Farmer’s suspension in Pennsylvania will remain in effect indefinitely, consistent with the suspension originally imposed in Maryland.
The Disposition states:
“AND NOW, this 26th day of October 2023, upon consideration of the responses to a Notice and Order directing Respondent to provide reasons against the imposition of reciprocal discipline, George Louis Farmer is suspended from the practice of law, consistent with the Opinion of the Supreme Court of Maryland filed on July 10, 2023. He shall comply with the provisions of Pa.R.D.E. 217.”
According to avvo.com, Mr, Farmer is an arbitration attorney in Northfield, New Jersey. He attended the Widener University. He acquired his law license in Pennsylvania in 1996.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.