Legal Ethics

Ex-Pillsbury Associate Who Moonlighted Loses License for 60 Days

A former associate at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman has had his law license suspended for 60 days, after violating a number of rules.

Among them, Garland Stillwell moonlighted, contrary to the firm’s written policies, reports the Blog of Legal Times. On one occasion, he took a position on behalf of an outside client that was adverse to a position taken by a Pillsbury client, without first obtaining the informed consent of all parties.

And Stillwell also made improper charges to others for personal expenses and misrepresented himself as a senior counsel of the Pillsbury firm, the law blog recounts, relying on a three-page disciplinary opinion (PDF) today from the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.

However, the court accepted a disciplinary board’s recommendation in early June that Stillwell not get a harsher punishment because he had cooperated with the investigation and made restitution, the BLT notes.

After working for the Pillsbury firm from 2004 to 2008, Stillwell went on to work at O’Malley Miles Nylen & Gilmore in Calverton, Md. However, that firm accepted his resignation when the 60-day suspension was recommended by the disciplinary board, according to the blog.

Its article doesn’t include any comment from Stillwell.

Related coverage: “Possible Suspension for Ex-Pillsbury Associate Who Inflated Title”

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