A former Pillsbury lawyer is facing a 60-day license suspension for puffing his resume. Garland Stillwell (Howard BA ’85, BC JD ’88) reportedly misrepresented his status at the firm, telling clients he was “senior counsel” at the firm, when he was really an associate.
More about Stillwell after the jump.
Somehow the misrepresentation is the lead charge, but he was also accused of charging personal expenses to a pro bono c/m number (although he later reimbursed the firm), and taking on a client without informing the firm or doing a conflicts check. Interestingly, the firm used to (thanks to the Google archive, nothing ever disappears) host a copy of an article from the Washington Business Journal in which Stillwell was quoted and identified as a “senior associate.”
Once you screw up, it’s tough to make good.
In a report issued on June 4, the 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.
Stillwell was elected secretary of the Prince George’s County Bar Association in 2006 and was to serve his term in 2006-2007, according to a Pillsbury press release that’s no longer available. But the Google cache comes through again.
GARLAND STILLWELL ELECTED SECRETARY OF PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION
Stillwell to Serve 2006-2007 Term for Maryland Bar Group
WASHINGTON – Garland H. Stillwell, a senior land use attorney in Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP’s Washington, DC, office, will serve as secretary of the Prince George’s County Bar Association in Maryland. He was elected in June 2006 and will serve the 2006-2007 term.
Stillwell is a member of Pillsbury’s real estate group and focuses his practice in the areas of land use and zoning law. Among his clients, he represents religious and nonprofit entities and commercial developers in Prince George’s, Montgomery and the Southern Maryland counties, as well as the District of Columbia.
After earning his law degree from Boston College School of Law in 1988, he was an associate general counsel to the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. In addition to negotiating and mediating complex property development issues and disputes, Stillwell designed affirmative action policies and monitored minority business procurement policies for the commission. He teaches land use and zoning theory at Morgan State University Graduate School of Architecture and Design.
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP is an international law firm with approximately 900 attorneys in 16 offices, including San Francisco, New York, Washington, DC, Los Angeles and London. In business for more than 135 years, Pillsbury’s practice focuses on capital markets and financial services, energy, global sourcing, litigation, real estate, technology, life sciences and communications. For more information, please visit www.pillsburylaw.com.
On the bright side, at least he got out before the Pillsbury salary cuts.