A former Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman associate who told clients that he was senior counsel to the law firm may have his license pulled for 60 days.
A District of Columbia attorney disciplinary committee has recommended that Garland H. Stillwell hand over his license for misrepresenting his employment status at the firm.
The hearing committee of the D.C. Board on Professional Responsibility also found that Stillwell charged personal expenses to Pillsbury Winthrop’s pro bono accounts and represented a client in a matter that created a potential conflict of interest with the firm without disclosing it or seeking a waiver.
Stillwell did not return a telephone call seeking comment. He is listed as an associate on the Web site of O’Malley, Miles, Nylen & Gilmore in Calverton, Md.
Stillwell worked at Pillsbury Winthrop as an associate from June 1, 2004, to Feb. 20, 2008, according to a spokeswoman for the firm. She said that the firm was unable to provide any additional information about him.
In a report issued on June 4, the hearing committee said that the “most complicated factor” in the matter was determining whether the sanction was justified. It found that Stillwell’s acknowledgment of his violations, his reimbursement to the firm for its losses, his participation in professional counseling and his lack of previous violations were mitigating factors warranting the 60-day suspension instead of harsher treatment.
Professional responsibility attorney George Clark, who was not involved in the case, said that the 60-day suspension wasn’t especially short but that a longer one would not have been unusual considering the number of ethical violations. Clark is a solo practitioner in Washington.
The hearing committee made its recommendation to the District of Columbia Court of Appeals in In the Matter of Garland H. Stillwell , No. 2008-D245. The parties agreed to accept the committee’s recommendation.
Stillwell graduated from Boston College Law School in 1988 and was an associate general counsel to the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission.
Leigh Jones can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.