In his over 20 years in representing attorneys in the District of Columbia Bar Disciplinary system, Abraham Blitzer has litigated numerous cases before the District of Columbia Board on Professional Responsibility and the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. Below is a sampling of the cases in which Mr. Blitzer has successfully litigated on behalf of his clients.
IN RE ANDERSON, 778 A. 2D 330 (D.C. 2001).
This was a landmark case in the law of misappropriation of funds. The Court of Appeals adopted the Respondent’s arguments that Disciplinary Counsel has the burden of establishing whether a given misappropriation is reckless or negligent, and rejected the Disciplinary Counsel’s recommendation of disbarment.
IN RE SMALL, 760 A. 2D 612 (D.C. 2000).
The client, a member of the D.C. Bar, was convicted of criminally reckless homicide in another jurisdiction. The Disciplinary Counsel sought disbarment. Mr. Blitzer successfully persuaded the Board on Professional Responsibility and Court of Appeals to rule that these were not crimes of moral turpitude, thereby forestalling disbarment.
IN RE VERA, B.D. 166-02.
The client, who was charged with misappropriation, successfully avoided disbarment by the successful assertion of a defense of depression and was placed on probation.
IN RE LONG, 902 A.2D 1168 (D.C. 2006).
The client was placed on probation for violations; the Disciplinary Counsel sought a suspension.