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offer of settlement); 1.5(a)-(c) (fees); 1.15(a);
1.15(c) (failing to promptly notify, deliver, or
render accounting of entrusted funds); 1.16(d)
(failing to protect client's interests upon termination); 8.4(c); and 8.4(d) (serious interference with the administration of justice). In
addition, the Board's determination that
Johnson engaged in flagrant dishonesty, not
only in the underlying disciplinary violations
but also in her responses to the disciplinary
charges, contributed to the Board's recommendation of disbarment.
In re John F. Kennedy. Bar No. 413509.
November 16, 2020. The Board on
Professional Responsibility recommended
that the D.C. Court of Appeals disbar
Kennedy. Kennedy was charged with misconduct arising out of a litigation and settlement
of a collective action and his misappropriation of the entrusted settlement funds. He
represented more than 100 current and
former security officers with wage claims
against their employer. He settled the case
without informing his clients of the settlement terms, misled his clients about the
settlement, and concealed that he took twothirds of the clients' settlement for attorney's
fees without the clients' knowledge or
approval. The Board found that Kennedy purposefully and dishonestly misappropriated
his clients' settlement funds and violated
Rules 1.2(a), 1.4(a), 1.4(b), 1.4(c), 1.5(b), 1.8(f),
and 8.4(c) in Count I and Rules 1.15(a), 1.15(c),
and 1.5(a) in Count II.
In re Larry E. Klayman. Bar No. 334581.
October 2, 2020. The Board on Professional
Responsibility recommended that the D.C.
Court of Appeals suspend Klayman for 18
months with fitness. While retained to represent a client in a sexual harassment allegation
against a coworker, and while unsuccessfully
pursuing his own romantic interest with the
client, Klayman violated a number of Rules of
Professional Conduct by failing to effectively
communicate with his client and to follow
her instructions about the objectives of the
representation, representing her under a
conflict of interest, and breaching his duties

of confidentiality to her, among other Rule
violations. (Rules 1.2(a), 1.4(b), 1.5(c), 1.6(a)(1),
1.6(a)(3), 1.7(b)(4), and 1.16(a)(3).)
In re Deni-Antionette Mazingo-Mayronne. Bar
No. 479656. October 13, 2020. The Board on
Professional Responsibility recommended
that the D.C. Court of Appeals disbar
Mazingo-Mayronne for misconduct in her
representation of multiple clients. The first
matter involved various cases arising from
her practice before the federal bankruptcy
court in Maryland. Despite a July 2006
consent order barring her from practicing in
the Bankruptcy Court, Mazingo-Mayronne
continued to serve as counsel in a case
pending before that court. She violated
Maryland Rules 3.3(a)(1), 3.4(c), 5.5(a) and
(b)(1), and 8.4(c). In a second matter, concerning her Chapter 7 personal bankruptcy,
she gained " the benefits of bankruptcy discharge " based on perjured statements, violating Maryland Rules 3.3(a)(1), 8.4(c), and
8.4(d). In a third matter, while retained to represent an existing client in a new matter
involving an automobile accident, MazingoMayronne failed to disclose that she was not
admitted to practice in Maryland; was inattentive to the client's instructions and
requests for information during the months
that she represented the client in negotiations with the insurance company; refused to
abide by the terms of her engagement
agreement regarding fees and costs due in
the event that the representation was terminated; threatened the client with a lien on
her recovery from the insurance company,
forcing the client to retain new counsel specifically to address the issue of the lien; and
intentionally disclosed client confidences,
including legal strategy, to the opposing side,
followed by false statements about her
conduct. Mazingo-Mayronne violated D.C.
Rules 1.4(a) and (b); 1.6(a)(1), (2), and (3); 5.5(a);
and 7.1(a)(1). In addition, the Board's determination that she engaged in flagrant dishonesty, not only in the underlying disciplinary
violations but also in her responses to the
disciplinary charges, contributed to the
Board's recommendation of disbarment.

In re Evelyn A. Miller. Bar No. 978856.
November 20, 2020. The Board on
Professional Responsibility recommended
that the D.C. Court of Appeals disbar Miller by
consent.
In re Lawrence D. O'Neill. Bar No. 265702.
November 12, 2020. The Board on
Professional Responsibility recommended
that the D.C. Court of Appeals disbar O'Neill.
This matter arises from O'Neill's representation of a client in Ireland and handling of
entrusted funds he obtained from the sale of
the client's stake in a jointly held business.
The Board found that O'Neill engaged in
intentional misappropriation; was knowingly
dishonest to a tribunal and to Disciplinary
Counsel; engaged in larceny, theft, and wire
fraud; and engaged in dishonesty, fraud,
deceit, and misrepresentation. In addition,
O'Neill engaged in Rule violations pertaining
to written fee agreements and recordkeeping. Finally, O'Neill failed to promptly
deliver client funds and render a full
accounting, failed to return client funds upon
termination, knowingly disobeyed obligations under the rules of a tribunal, and seriously interfered with the administration of
justice. (Rules 1.5(b), 1.15(a), 1.15(c), 1.16(d),
3.3(a)(1), 3.4(c), 8.1(a), 8.4(b), 8.4(c), and 8.4(d).)
In re Jeffrey M. Sherman. Bar No. 348896.
November 6, 2020. The Board on Professional
Responsibility recommended that the D.C.
Court of Appeals disbar Sherman by consent.
The Office of Disciplinary Counsel compiled
the foregoing summaries of disciplinary
actions. Informal Admonitions issued by
Disciplinary Counsel and Reports and
Recommendations issued by the Board on
Professional Responsibility are posted at www.
dcattorneydiscipline.org. Most board recommendations as to discipline are not final until
considered by the court. Court opinions are
printed in the Atlantic Reporter and also are
available online for decisions issued since August
1998. To obtain a copy of a recent slip opinion,
visit www.dccourts.govcourt-of-appeals.opinionsmemorandum-of-judgments.

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The Learning Curve
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ABA Delegates Corner
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