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Hagerstown attorney disbarred from practicing in Maryland

January 04, 2002

Hagerstown attorney disbarred from practicing in Maryland



The Maryland Court of Appeals has ordered former Hagerstown attorney Mark Patrick Brugh disbarred from the practice of law in Maryland.

Brugh was suspended in May 1999, reinstated five months later and then indefinitely suspended in February 2000 for failing to repay several clients $5,490 in unearned legal fees.

A lawyer who formerly had offices at 138 W. Washington St., Brugh no longer is listed under lawyers in the telephone directory. Attempts to reach him at his home were unsuccessful.

A 1999 hearing conducted by retired Washington County Judge Fred Thayer included testimony that Brugh accepted employment and retainer fees from the three clients, then neglected their cases and failed to communicate with them.

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Thayer found that Brugh, who opened a solo practice in 1994, was unable to keep a secretary, left mail unopened and didn't answer telephone calls, court records said.

During the 1999 hearing, Brugh admitted to a diagnosis of depression and asked for a reprimand rather than a suspension.

But Thayer felt the conduct was serious enough to warrant the suspension, court records showed.

The notice of disbarment came from the office of Melvin Hirshman, who serves as the attorney/counsel for the Maryland Attorney Grievance Commission. The effective date of the disbarment was Dec. 27, 2001.

It could not be determined whether Brugh has the right of appeal or if he can apply for reinstatement in the future.

- Marlo Barnhart

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