Prince George's County Del. Alston's law license suspended

Del. Tiffany Alston failed to properly represent a client and had accounting irregularities at her firm

September 25, 2012|By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun

The state's highest court has indefinitely suspended Prince George's County Del. Tiffany Alston's law license for failing to properly represent a client and accounting problems at her law firm.

Alston can apply to have her license reinstated but the decision offered no recommendation of when the court might be ready to reconsider its decision

"This is because we do not wish to imply that merely after a certain period of time has elapsed [she] shall be considered favorably for reinstatement," Judge Mary Ellen Barbera wrote in the opinion.

But J. Wyndal Gordon, an attorney representing Alston in two criminal cases against her said he hopes Alston will be allowed to practice law again after a year.

"She's made some mistakes and she regrets those mistakes," he said. "She'll bounce back, she's resilient."

Alston failed to comply with the conditions of an Attorney Grievance Commission agreement, and the court also noted that her filings were consistently late during the proceedings against her.

The suspension was not connected to Alston's earlier conviction for using General Assembly funds to pay an attorney at her firm, nor her ongoing case on charges that she used campaign funds to pay for wedding expenses.

But Gordon said that the stress of the charges and preparing to take her seat in the legislature contributed to the problems with Alston's client's case.

Alston is due back in court Oct. 9 on the second criminal charge.

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