On Friday, April 21, 2023, the Supreme Court of Maryland ordered the suspension of attorney Rachael-Anne Hammer pursuant to the Petition for Disciplinary or Remedial Action filed by the Attorney Grievance Commission in relation to the 60-day suspension imposed by the Virginia State Disciplinary Board.

The case is titled ‘Attorney Grievance Commission of Maryland v. Rachael-Anne Hammer.’

The charges cited Rules 1.15, 1.16, and 8.4(b) of the Maryland Rules of Professional Conduct.

The rules of professional conduct can be found here.

Hammer was suspended by an Order entered on August 10, 2020, by the Virginia State Disciplinary Board for violating professional rules governing the safekeeping of a client’s property, declining or terminating representation, and misconduct. The suspension was based on an agreed disposition of misconduct charges entered into by Hammer and the Virginia State Bar.

The District of Columbia Court of Appeals also suspended Hammer based on the Virginia disciplinary matter.

According to the filing, the Commission and Hammer were required to show cause why reciprocal discipline should not be imposed. The Commission responded contending that no exceptional circumstances exist to warrant different discipline and that the imposition of reciprocal discipline is justified. Hammer, on the other hand, did not file a response to the order to show cause.

Based on the foregoing facts, the Court ruled in favor of the petition and imposed the reciprocal discipline.

The order reads:

“ORDERED that, effective immediately, the respondent, Rachael-Anne Hammer, is suspended from the practice of law in the State of Maryland for a period of 60 days. . .

ORDERED that the Clerk of this Court shall strike the name of Rachael-Anne Hammer from the register of attorneys authorized to practice law in the State of Maryland and shall certify the fact to the Client Protection Fund of the Bar of Maryland and all Clerks of all judicial tribunals in this State in accordance with Maryland Rule 19-76(b).”

As of today, Ms. Hammer maintains her law practice in Falls Church, Virginia. She attended Georgetown University Law Center, graduating in 1999. Hammer has been licensed to practice in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. Her info can be found on Avvo.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.