On Tuesday, November 21, 2023, attorney Calistratos Spiros Stafilatos was reinstated to the bar by the Supreme Court of Maryland after being indefinitely suspended in 2021.
The case is entitled “In the Matter of Calistratos Spiros Stafilatos,” with case no. AG No. 8.
Stafilatos was initially suspended on August 30, 2021, with the suspension taking effect on November 1 of that year. He was barred from practicing law for 90 days due to allegations of failing to competently and diligently represent clients, failing to adequately communicate with clients, collecting unreasonable fees, and not properly maintaining client funds in his trust account.
Specifically, in one civil case, Stafilatos failed to file an answer to an amended complaint or respond to a motion, resulting in a default judgment against his client. In a child custody matter, he failed to respond to discovery requests, leading to sanctions against the client. Stafilatos also charged unreasonable fees in two custody cases, did not deposit unearned fees in his trust account, and did not provide periodic invoices to clients. Over nine months he withdrew cash from the trust account multiple times without reconciling balances or keeping proper client records.
Stafilatos petitioned for reinstatement after the 90-day suspension period ended. Following a review of his petition and a response from the Bar Counsel, the Maryland Supreme Court reinstated his ability to practice law on November 21, 2023. He will once again be listed on the registry of attorneys in Maryland.
The Disposition states:
“Upon consideration of Calistratos Spiros Stafilatos’s petition for reinstatement to the Bar of Maryland and Bar Counsel’s verified response to the petition for reinstatement, it is this 21st day of November 2023, by the Supreme Court of Maryland, ORDERED that the petition is granted; and it is further ORDERED that Calistratos Spiros Stafilatos is reinstated as a member of the Bar of Maryland,”
According to avvo.com, Mr. Stafilatos is a criminal defense attorney in Baltimore, Maryland. He attended the University of Baltimore School of Law. He acquired his law license in Maryland in 2002.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.