DC area attorney disqualified for ‘pervasive rudeness’ and ‘malicious’ borderline behavior

Unilaterally rejecting offers of conciliation in a client’s case, acting with borderline malice toward the opposition attorney, and demonstrating “pervasive rudeness” cost a Washington, DC area attorney his attorney’s license.

According to the recently released fiscal year 22 sanctions list by the Maryland Bar Complaints Commission, Montgomery County attorney Ernest Francis seriously violated ethics rules by representing a man in a debt collection case with headquarters in Virginia in which a federal magistrate judge denounced him.