On December 15, 2023, the Supreme Court of Maryland ordered the reinstatement of attorney Sheron A. Barton to the practice of law in the state. Barton had been suspended indefinitely in March 2015 by the Court of Appeals for failing to competently represent nine bankruptcy clients, neglecting their legal matters, and aiding the unauthorized practice of law.
The case is entitled “In the Matter of the Petition for Reinstatement of Sheron Andrea Barton,” with case no. AG No. 13.
According to The Daily Record, Barton was the owner and sole attorney at the Cardinal Law Firm in Camp Springs from 2010 to 2011. An investigation by the Attorney Grievance Commission found that Barton failed to competently represent nine bankruptcy clients and neglected their legal matters.
The Commission discovered Barton allowed an unlicensed employee, Richard Tolbert, to provide legal advice to clients, constituting aiding the unauthorized practice of law. Barton also violated the rules by failing to keep unearned fees in an attorney trust account and instead depositing them into the firm’s operating account.
During a January 2014 evidentiary hearing, Barton testified that Tolbert’s responsibilities were limited, but the hearing judge did not find her testimony credible. Four former clients testified that Barton showed up unprepared at hearings, failed to keep them informed about their cases, accepted payment but did no work, and did not refund unearned fees despite court orders.
In ordering the indefinite suspension in 2015, the Court of Appeals found Barton embodied a dishonest and selfish motive, engaged in a pattern of misconduct, committed multiple offenses, and refused to acknowledge the wrongful nature of her conduct.
In its order, the Supreme Court said Barton had satisfied the conditions of her reinstatement by demonstrating remorse and rehabilitation from the misconduct that led to her suspension over eight years ago. She will once again be permitted to practice law in Maryland.
According to LinkedIn, Ms. Barton works as a lead Compliance Officer at Wells Fargo. She graduated from Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law, and she has been licensed to practice in Maryland.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.