All lawyers take an oath before admission to the Bar. The oath is an ancient and sacred requirement of the profession. We pledge to put the interests of our clients before ourselves. This is the core of any professional relationship.
But America has been captured by a strange and immoral idea: that greed justifies anything, that the only obligation—of a corporation, or a law firm, or a citizen—is to maximize profit.
Lawyers cannot maximize profit and honor their oath at the same time. You must choose.
Remember the words of President Lincoln:
“…resolve to be honest at all events; and if in your own judgment you cannot be an honest lawyer, resolve to be honest without being a lawyer. Choose some other occupation, rather than one in the choosing of which you do, in advance, consent to be a knave.”
Be an honest lawyer. Always honor the trust your client puts in you. REMEMBER YOUR OATH.
Baltimore Lawyer Accused of ExtortionBaltimore Lawyer Accused of Extortion
Attorney Stephen Snyder has been suspended. He has been called one of the top plaintiff lawyers in Maryland, though I have never met him, seen him teach trial skills, or heard of any his verdicts. Perhaps this is PR getting ahead of itself. Or advertising. He does advertise a lot. “Don’t just sue them. Snyder them,” his ads say. He was indicted for attempting to extort millions of dollars in exchange for keeping certain evidence secret. I’m sure they teach this in law school, but, to be safe: extortion is illegal and unlawyerlike.
Read the full story in the Baltimore Sun: https://www.baltimoresun.com/news/crime/bs-md-ci-cr-snyder-law-license-20201026-lzhjhibcira6vhkceu2ix7v7ta-story.html