There are literally dozens of cases that apply (are on point) to show what happened was a violation of BUSINESS OCCUPATIONS AND PROFESSIONS 10-606 (a)(3) which is a criminal offense (misdemeanor). The cases on point stem from bar complaints...they are brought by the Attorney grievance commission against individuals.
I will list a few of the cases with links (so you can review them yourself)
Of note, there are MANY cases that apply that deal with MD lawyers who are suspended or disbarred. The analysis is the same (if you are suspended from practice and practice, you violate the law), but I have limited the cases to folks who are licensed in a different state and practice in MD.
Here are the cases
ATTORNEY GRIEVANCE COMMISSION OF MARYLAND v.Jude AMBE. 38 A.3d 390 425 Md. 98 (2011)
NY attorney sets up practice in MD. Claims it is limited to federal immigration (which under federal law would be legal). But there is evidence he is representing clients on state law matters (on tort
This case really covers your fact pattern on several points. It does a great analysis of the MRPC (the Maryland rules of professional conduct for lawyers) and how in this case the NY lawyer was clearly representing MD clients on MD law matters (personal injury
law issues). It shows that any person (attorney not licensed in MD or non attorney not licensed in MD) who claims to be a MD lawyer and represents it to a party, that is a violation of the law.
ATTORNEY GRIEVANCE COMMISSION OF MARYLAND v. BARNEYS 805 A.2d 1040 370 Md. 566 (2002)
Another case of a NY lawyer opening up shop in MD.
Similar fact pattern is similar. It started with a grievance and led to a criminal case. Like the AMBE case, it does a good job of going over the MRPC implications of practice in MD without a license. IN this case, the individual represented clients and, in at least one case, file pleadings to a MD state court on behalf of a client.
ATTORNEY GRIEVANCE COMMISSION OF MARYLAND v ALSAFTY 838 A.2d 1213
379 Md. 1 (2003)
Another case of a NY lawyer. He took the MD bar exam but had not been admitted
In this case, he had represented multiple clients to the MD Courts. This case does talk at length about the “legitimate” clients (federal immigration clients) but also about the numerous clients he represented on state law issues.
So there you have 3 cases that are similar. Lawyers licensed in a separate state, representing individuals to MD state courts, acting as a lawyer.
Clearly a violation of MD law
Sorry for the delay...again, most of the cases on point were of MD lawyers suspended or disbarred...had to search for cases of lawyers from other jurisdictions
Let me know if you have more questions...happy to assist if I can