Practice Areas

Professional Ethics & Discipline

Paley Rothman’s professional ethics and discipline group advises professionals on compliance with, and defends them against alleged violations of, relevant standards of ethical or professional conduct. Attorneys in this group also frequently serve as mediators for disgruntled parties in professional ethics and possible malpractice claims and also serve as expert witnesses with regard to standards of care and ethical obligations.

Paley Rothman’s attorneys represent respondents throughout all phases of professional licensing, disciplinary and malpractice proceedings. We have successfully defended physicians, psychologists, attorneys, and other licensed professionals charged with violations of their respective codes of professional conduct.

Because each member of Paley Rothman’s professional ethics and discipline group has extensive experience in identifying, evaluating and documenting potential violations of the Rules of Professional Conduct governing attorneys, we often assist other attorneys in analyzing their duties and creating an appropriate and prospective course of conduct. These duties involve conflicts of interest, fee disputes and confidentiality issues among others. We also represent attorneys who have had grievances or malpractice suits filed against them.

Although our attorneys are primarily involved with the Maryland State Bar Association Ethics Committee, we also handle ethics and professional conduct-related matters in the District of Columbia. Our attorneys have also served, at the request of Bar Counsel, as supervisors for attorneys who have been reprimanded. If an envelope from the Bar Counsel ever ends up in your mailbox, our attorneys are well equipped to assist you in responding to it.

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News

June 20, 2017

Ryan Spiegel Provides Commentary for Law360 Article on False Claims Act Litigation

Ryan Spiegel provided commentary for an article titled: "Attys Dish On Escobar's FCA Impact One Year Later," which was published on Law360.com on June 20, 2017.

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Blog

No Retaliation For Termination Based on Employer’s Mistaken Belief of False Report, Says Fourth Cir.

On June 7, 2017, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals held that, so long as an employer honestly believed its employee had made a false report of harassment, its decision to...

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Awards

For the fifth year in a row, Paley Rothman earned national and local honors in US News-Best Lawyers 2017 “Best Law Firms” rankings.

Paley Rothman is pleased to announce that 14 lawyers have been named to the 2017 Edition of Best Lawyers in America. We would like to congratulate the following attorneys named to this year’s list...

Paula Calimafde and Debbie Cohn were elected Fellows of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel is a nonprofit association of lawyers and law professors skilled and experienced in the preparation of wills and trusts; estate planning; and probate procedure and administration of trusts and estates of decedents, minors and incompetents. Lawyers and law professors are elected to be Fellows based on their outstanding reputation, exceptional skill, and substantial contributions to the field by lecturing, writing, teaching and participating in bar activities.

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