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Being disbarred didn’t deter Matthew Marshall Jr. from practicing law in the District. Instead he continued working as a rogue personal injury lawyer, taking on client after client until finally he was caught and prosecuted by the D.C. Office of Bar Counsel. D.C. Superior Court Judge Harold Cushenberry Jr. on Jan. 13 sentenced Marshall to 180 days in jail after he pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal contempt for continuing to practice law following disbarment, according to D.C. Bar Counsel Wallace “Gene” Shipp Jr. The D.C. Court of Appeals disbarred Marshall in 2000 for misappropriating client funds, commingling client money with his own, and then lying to the D.C. Bar. Marshall later admitted to the misdeeds, specifically to stealing a portion of a client’s settlement and using it to buy crack cocaine. In court documents from 2000, Marshall said his conduct “was attributable pretty much to my addiction . . . I had gone on a binge.” The D.C. Bar learned Marshall was continuing to practice law after receiving several grievances about him.
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