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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | February 11, 2013
The Baltimore entertainment attorney who represented White House state dinner crashers Tareq and Michaele Salahi and "The Wire" actress Felicia "Snoop" Pearson was disbarred Monday after the state's highest court found he had, among other things, overbilled clients and misused money given to him as a retainer. The Court of Appeals upheld an earlier ruling that Paul W. Gardner II had violated official standards of conduct for lawyers, and he was ordered to pay court costs. The court ruled Gardner improperly paid his office manager for legal work, though she was not an attorney, and improperly filed a nonimmigrant work visa application, resulting in its being denied.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | August 2, 2013
Paul T. Walker Sr., a partner in the Washington law firm of Walker & Walker Associates who was moved to become a lawyer because of the civil rights movement of the 1960s, died July 25 of sarcoidosis at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was 70. "Throughout his life, Paul was always a seeker who always tried to better himself. That was his motivation. To be the best that he could," said his wife of 48 years and law partner, the former Betty Stevens. "He was also a humble man who loved humility in others and before God. " The son of a disabled Army veteran and a hospital cook, Paul Thomas Walker Sr. was born and raised in Chattanooga, Tenn.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | December 3, 2013
Robert T. Franklin Sr., who practiced law for three decades and was a founding partner of Franklin & Prokopik, drowned Nov. 23 while vacationing at St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. The Lutherville resident was 55. Mr. Franklin and his wife of 33 years, the former Cynthia Jameson, had traveled to the Caribbean islands "to watch the University of Maryland compete in the Paradise Jam College Basketball Tournament," said a son, Daniel J. Franklin of Timonium. The son of Robert J. Franklin, a Baltimore firefighter, and JoAnn Franklin, a homemaker, Robert Timothy Franklin Sr. was born in Baltimore and raised in Highlandtown and Parkville.
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By Matthew Dolan and Matthew Dolan,SUN STAFF | June 15, 2005
On Jan. 14, 1998, Hillary Rodham Clinton sat down for an interview in the White House's ornate Treaty Room with Rod J. Rosenstein and his boss, independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr. Starr didn't say much. He largely left the questioning of the first lady about missing FBI files to the 33-year-old Rosenstein, who is likely to be the next U.S. attorney in Maryland. The moment illustrates how quickly Rosenstein was able to pull up a seat at the table of one of the highest-profile corruption investigations in decades, a remarkable feat for a junior lawyer now on track to become Maryland's top federal prosecutor.
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By Laura Vozzella | May 26, 2011
Someone called to testify Wednesday before the grand jury looking into the Ehrlich campaign's deceptive Election Day robocalls tells me Towson attorney Robert B. Green was in the waiting room, offering to consult with any witnesses connected to the campaign. I phoned Green, and his partner, David B. Irwin , took the call. “My firm represents the Bob Ehrlich for Maryland Committee, that's what I can tell you,” said Irwin, a former federal prosecutor and white-collar criminal defense lawyer.
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May 19, 2013
The Sun's obituary page carried the brief, unheralded notice of the death of Benjamin Lipsitz, which occurred on May 10. Consistent with Ben's penchant for humility, the notice went on to say that services were to be private. If those were his instructions or his family's wishes, then of course they had to be followed. However, it behooves our city and state to take pause to note the passing of one of Baltimore's great lawyers. Admitted to the bar in 1952, Ben proceeded to practice his craft for the next 60 years taking on the cases no other lawyer would handle, representing the unpopular, the underdog, and the undesirables.
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By Gus G. Sentementes and Gus G. Sentementes,SUN STAFF | January 31, 2004
Maria Cristina Gutierrez, a criminal defense lawyer known in Maryland's legal community for her passionate and pugnacious style, died of a heart attack yesterday at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson. The 52-year-old woman's ailment was exacerbated by multiple sclerosis. Throughout the 1990s, Ms. Gutierrez argued cases with a tenacity that earned the respect of her peers. Upon graduating from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1980, she began her career as an assistant public defender in Baltimore.
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Tim Wheeler | February 24, 2014
Towson lawyer Jeffrey N. Pritzker filed Monday to seek the apparently uncontested Republican nomination for attorney general. Pritzker contended that Democratic incumbent Douglas F. Gansler has “dropped the ball” in failing to protect Marylanders' rights on several controversial issues.  He said the state's lawyer should have sued to reclaim taxpayer funds spent on the botched rollout of the state's health insurance exchange.  He also...
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By Nicole Fuller, The Baltimore Sun | November 10, 2010
Lawyers for Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold have asked a federal judge to impose fines on the lawyer representing a former county employee who filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Leopold. County Attorney Jonathan Hodgson filed the motion on Nov. 3, asking the court to penalize attorney John M. Singleton, for making allegations without "substantial basis in fact" against Leopold in September in an amended complaint to the lawsuit. Singleton represents former county employee Karla R. Hamner, who initially filed the $10 million suit against Leopold in August, claiming sexual harassment, gender discrimination and workplace retaliation.
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