Court punishes 2 lawyers who took suspect caseload

September 16, 1999|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The state's highest court is punishing two lawyers who handled injury cases referred by a con artist serving 27 months in a federal prison.

The Court of Appeals decided yesterday to suspend Versteal Kemp of Baltimore for three years and to bar T. Clarence Harper of Washington from getting a law license in Maryland.

Kemp and Harper opened a Baltimore law office to take over the clients of Burton M. Greenstein, who was disbarred in 1995.

Deborah S. Kolodner, convicted of running an insurance swindle at a physical therapy clinic that federal prosecutors called a "fraud factory," sent clients first to her husband, who was disbarred in 1991 and has since died, and then to Greenstein.

The court said greed motivated Harper to set up a downtown Baltimore office "to wring whatever value he could" from a disbarred lawyer's cases.

Kemp, who was reprimanded in 1985 for financial misconduct, supplied a "cover" for Harper, the top court said.

Pub Date: 9/16/99

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