On Monday, October 23, 2023, the Supreme Court of Maryland suspended Attorney Donald Dorin Davis for multiple violations of the Maryland Rules of Professional Conduct.
The case is titled ‘Attorney Grievance Commission of Maryland v. Donald Dorin Davis’ with case no. 28.
Attorney Donald Dorin Davis was subjected to disciplinary action for multiple violations of the Maryland Attorneys’ Rules of Professional Conduct (MARPC), specifically Rules 1.1 (Competence), 1.3 (Diligence), 1.4 (Communication), 1.5 (Fees), 1.16 (Declining or Terminating Representation), 8.1 (BarAdmission and Disciplinary Matters), and 8.4 (Misconduct).
The Maryland Rules of Professional Conduct can be found here.
The violations committed by Attorney Davis include failing to fully provide agreed-upon legal services and failing to communicate with his client. He abandoned the client, which led the client to seek new counsel. Attorney Davis also failed to refund any unearned fees, made intentional misrepresentations to both the client and the Attorney Grievance Commission of Maryland, and did not cooperate with the commission during the investigation process. As a result, an order of default was issued against him. The hearing judge deemed the averments contained in the petitioner’s request for admission as admitted.
Considering the findings of the hearing judge, the Supreme Court of Maryland concurred with the conclusions and recommendations of the Attorney Grievance Commission. It determined that Attorney Davis be indefinitely suspended from the practice of law. No exceptions were filed by either party, and the hearing judge’s findings of fact were established.
The order reads:
“We are satisfied that the conduct we sanctioned in Kirwan—while slightly differing from Respondent’s—is sufficiently analogous to Respondent’s conduct to merit the same sanction: an indefinite suspension without specifying a minimum duration time after which Respondent may petition for reinstatement to the Bar of Maryland.”
According to Avvo.com, Attorney Donald Dorin Davis is based in Mount Rainier, Maryland. He was admitted to the State Bar of Maryland in 2019.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.