On Friday, January 19, 2024, the Supreme Court of Maryland granted Richard Louis Sloane’s petition for reinstatement to the state bar, allowing him to once again practice law in the state.
The case is entitled “In the Matter of Richard Louis Sloane,” with case no. 19.
Sloane had been suspended from practice indefinitely beginning in March 2023 due to misconduct violations found during domestic litigation in Montgomery County Circuit Court from 2018 to 2019.
The allegations against Sloane stemmed from his representation of client Daniel Kolat in a divorce and child custody case filed by Sarah Deneroff in January 2018. Over the course of the litigation, the court found that Sloane obstructed depositions, filed frivolous discovery objections, and misled the court and opposing counsel on multiple occasions. He was found to have made misrepresentations about the case history during hearings in January and July 2019.
As a result of his behavior, Sloane was charged with violating several rules of professional conduct in November 2021. In August 2022, following an evidentiary hearing, a judge found by clear and convincing evidence that Sloane violated rules regarding meritorious claims, expediting litigation, candor toward the tribunal, fairness to opposing parties and attorneys, respect for third parties’ rights, and misconduct.
The Supreme Court considered the judge’s findings and indefinitely suspended Sloane on March 2, 2023, allowing him to apply for reinstatement after six months. In his reinstatement petition, Sloane had to show by clear and convincing evidence that he satisfied the requirements for reinstatement under Maryland Rule.
In its January 2024 order, without providing further details, the Supreme Court granted Sloane’s petition for reinstatement. He is now once again a member in good standing of the Maryland Bar.
The Disposition states:
“ORDERED that the petition is granted, and it is further ORDERED that Richard Louis Sloane is reinstated as a member of the Bar of Maryland,”
According to avvo.com, Mr. Sloane is a divorce and separation attorney in Silver Spring, Maryland. He acquired his law license in Maryland in 2003.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.