On Thursday, February 1, 2024, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals issued an order suspending attorney Richard Louis Sloane from practicing law in D.C.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Richard L. Sloane,” with case no. 23-BG-0480.

The order was issued as a reciprocal discipline based on an indefinite suspension order from the Supreme Court of Maryland in March 2023. According to the Maryland order, Sloane had violated numerous rules of professional conduct in a domestic case involving divorce and child custody. Specifically, Sloane had obstructed two depositions, filed frivolous objections to standard discovery requests, misled both the circuit court and opposing counsel throughout the proceedings, and even misrepresented the case’s history to the court.

As a result of these violations, the Maryland high court indefinitely suspended Sloane with the right to apply for reinstatement after six months. The D.C. Court of Appeals then imposed the functionally equivalent discipline of a six-month suspension with reinstatement conditioned on a showing of fitness.

Sloane had argued for a lesser sanction, but the D.C. court rejected this, noting it would not relitigate the discipline imposed by another jurisdiction in a reciprocal case. Sloane’s suspension in D.C. was made retroactive to June 30, 2023, when he had filed the required affidavit under D.C. Bar Rule XI, §14(g).

The Disposition states:

“ORDERED that the consent motion to lift the stay is granted and this case shall proceed. It is FURTHER ORDERED that Richard L. Sloane is hereby suspended from the practice of law in the District of Columbia for six months nunc pro tunc to June 30, 2023, with reinstatement conditioned on a showing of fitness.”

According to avvo.com, Mr. Sloane is a divorce & separation attorney in Silver Spring, Maryland. He acquired his law license in the District of Columbia in 2004.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.