On Friday, December 15, 2023, Charles Allan Fineblum, an attorney suspended from practicing law in Maryland, has now been fully reinstated by order of the Maryland Supreme Court.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Charles Allan Fineblum,” with case no. 5.

Fineblum had his law license suspended for at least six months and one day in April 2021. This came after the Maryland Court of Appeals found Fineblum violated several rules of professional conduct regarding the supervision of paralegals and improper fee-sharing arrangements.

Specifically, the court found Fineblum gave too much authority to paralegals at a company called RT & Associates to settle personal injury cases without his adequate oversight. In some instances, Fineblum was entirely unfamiliar with clients whose cases were settled by RT staff. The court also discovered Fineblum paid RT & Associates 63% of fees earned on cases they assisted with, which constituted improper fee-sharing with non-lawyers.

Additional violations included failing to properly withdraw earned fees from his attorney trust account and not conducting required monthly reconciliations. However, the court noted Fineblum acted without any dishonest or selfish motives and cooperated fully with the investigation.

After serving over 18 months of his suspension, Fineblum petitioned for reinstatement. In an order dated December 15, 2023, the Maryland Supreme Court reinstated Fineblum’s law license, effective January 2, 2024. The order requires Fineblum to engage a monitoring attorney approved by Bar Counsel to oversee his practice for one year.

The Disposition states:

“ORDERED that Charles Allan Fineblum is reinstated as a member of the Bar of Maryland, effective January 2, 2024, and subject to the condition that before he recommences the practice of law he engage an attorney acceptable to Bar Counsel to monitor his law practice for a period of one-year,”

According to avvo.com, Mr. Fineblum is a litigation attorney in Owings Mills, Maryland. He acquired his law license in Maryland in 1972. 

A copy of the original filing can be found here.