A local attorney has been suspended from practicing in the District of Columbia and Maryland for the second time since 2009 for breaking attorney ethics rules.
Garland Stillwell was first suspended in 2009 for misrepresenting his title at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, where he was formerly an associate. On Dec. 26, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals ordered Stillwell suspended following his suspension earlier this year in Maryland for mismanaging client funds and other misconduct.
Stillwell faced a series of disciplinary actions from high courts in Maryland and the District beginning in 2009. The D.C. Court of Appeals initially suspended Stillwell for 60 days in 2009 for misrepresenting his employment status at Pillsbury. Stillwell told clients he was senior counsel at the firm, as opposed to an associate.
The Maryland Court of Appeals imposed reciprocal discipline in August 2013, suspending him for six months.
In the latest disciplinary action, Stillwell was accused of failing to establish an attorney trust account as required, improperly depositing a client’s fee, not returning the client’s money promptly when asked and failing to communicate with the client.
In September, the Maryland appeals court suspended Stillwell. He can petition for reinstatement after 60 days, according to the court’s order. The D.C. Court of Appeals’ Dec. 26 order imposed reciprocal discipline following the order from the Maryland court.
Contact information for Stillwell was unavailable. According to bar records, he joined the Maryland bar in 1989 and the D.C. Bar in 2001.