Professional Responsibility

Penn. Attorney Disbarred in Delaware

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A Pennsylvania attorney has been disbarred in Delaware, even though she was never admitted to practice there and maintains a law office in Pennsylvania.

That’s because Valerie J. Glover, who lives in Delaware, “did everything short of appearing in Delaware courts, and engaged Delaware attorneys as co-counsel only if she could not resolve the matter without litigation,” the State Supreme Court says in a May 25 opinion. Glover, who is also known as Valerie Glover Tonwe, cultivated Delaware clients through her church and her husband’s medical office, the court says.

The opinion applies a Delaware legal ethics rule which is the same as ABA Model Rule of Professional Conduct 5.5(b)(1) in determining that Glover had a “systematic and continuous presence” in Delaware.

Glover, who previously agreed in a 1991 cease and desist order that she would not practice law in Delaware, contended that her “pre-litigation” meetings with Delaware clients didn’t rise to the level of practicing law, the opinion says. Although admitted in Ohio, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia, Glover failed the Delaware bar exam, it notes.

Glover’s lawyer, Matthew Boyer, declined to comment.

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