Court tells lawyer to pay $339,214

January 12, 1995|By Glenn Small | Glenn Small,Sun Staff Writer

A Baltimore County Circuit Court judge imposed a $339,000 judgment yesterday against a Ruxton attorney at the end of a legal malpractice trial.

Judge Lawrence Daniels ruled that J. M. Dryden Hall must pay $339,214 to J. Thomas Dowling III; his wife, Nancy Dowling; and their company, Metropolitan Contracting Co. Inc.

In early 1993, the Dowlings filed suit against Mr. Hall, who was their attorney, alleging legal malpractice in several business deals.

One dispute involved 5209 York Road, an office building in Govans that the Dowlings wanted to purchase. Mr. Hall and another man arranged to buy the building, rent space to the Dowlings and eventually sell them the building. The Dowlings alleged that Mr. Hall had a conflict of interest in simultaneously representing them, himself and the other party in the transaction.

In their lawsuit, the couple had sought $10 million.

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