On Tuesday, January 10, 2023, the Supreme Court of the State of Vermont ordered the disbarment of attorney George Henry Spangler in consideration of the notice of indefinite suspension of Spangler in the State of Maryland.

The case is styled In Re George Henry Spangler, with case no. 22-AP-321

Spangler was ordered indefinitely suspended from the practice of law by consent, by the Court of Appeals of Maryland on May 7, 2021. For this reason, on November 23, 2022, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, likewise imposed a functionally identical discipline on Spangler.

Spangler’s indefinite suspension in Maryland stemmed from his violations of the professional conduct rules specifically Rules 1.1, 1.3, 1.15, 8.1(b), and 8.4(a) and (d) of the Maryland Rules of Professional Conduct.

The Maryland Rules of Professional Conduct can be found on Maryland Court’s website.

According to the Entry Order, the Court, after 30 days of the receipt of a notice that a Vermont-licensed attorney has been disciplined in another jurisdiction, shall impose identical discipline unless the Court finds that upon the face of the record from which the discipline is predicated, it clearly appears, or disciplinary counsel or the lawyer demonstrates, “that such discipline would be unwarranted under the grounds set forth in Administrative Order 9, Rule 24(D).

The filing states:

“The Vermont Rules Governing Establishment and Operation of the Professional Responsibility Program do not provide for an “indefinite suspension.” Instead, suspensions must be “for an appropriate fixed period of time not in excess of three years.”

The Court determined that the imposition of disbarment against Spangler is the most akin to that indefinite suspension imposed in Maryland.

The disposition reads:

“Respondent George Spangler is hereby disbarred from the practice of law in Vermont.”

Prior to the disbarment, Mr. George Heny Spangler practiced in Gaithersburg, Maryland. He had been licensed in Vermont, as well as in Maryland and the District of Columbia.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.