Stephen L. Snyder has regained his law license.
Federal prosecutors returned to the Maryland bar late Friday, after the state Supreme Court agreed to lift the suspension that Snyder had previously granted. in October 2020.
Chief Justice Matthew J. Written by Fader that the majority of judges agreed that there was no basis to continue the suspension of Snyder.
“I’m happy to be back in the legal profession,” Snyder told the Daily Record. “I always keep my license and can’t wait to start again.”
Snyder has not been convicted of a crime. He is accused in federal court of threatening to embarrass the University of Maryland Medical System if he is not offered a $25 million settlement as prosecutors said, it was a lie and an attempted extortion.
Snyder agreed to the suspension of his law license when he was first charged. But the federal case has been delayed since 2020, due in part to the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving Snyder without the ability to work as a lawyer for longer than he expected. he said in requesting his release.
Snyder asked to restore at the beginning of this month. In his motion, Snyder said the protracted legal battle took a toll on his finances and forced him to use his savings and retirement assets to pay for his defense. Without his law license, Snyder couldn’t work to recoup that money, he said.
UMMS officials contacted federal authorities after Snyder offered a $25 million contract settlement in 2018. The alleged extortion was made during negotiations with UMMS on behalf of one Snyder’s client, a woman who lost her husband, was accused of a sudden act at the University. of Maryland Medical Center.
Prosecutors said Snyder combined the request with a threat to publicly expose problems with the hospital’s transplant program, including going to the news media or publishing self-made photos of himself. about the subjects he said he found.
“I don’t care if I don’t do anything (for the money),” Snyder said, according to the indictment. The deal would ensure that Snyder was “conflicted” in future charges against UMMS.
Snyder has denied the charges and argued that the advisory offer was a genuine attempt to reach an agreement with UMMS. A motion to dismiss the conviction is pending in U.S. District Court in Baltimore.
The case is still pending before the 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals. The details of the plea are sealed, but court records say it is related to grand jury requests.
Sndyer’s request for reinstatement shows the case against him is part of an effort by UMMS to “exonerate” him because of his years of medical malpractice against the hospital.
Snyder said in the motion that he made several efforts to ensure that the trade deal was justified, including seeking advice from Andrew J. Graham, a Baltimore lawyer who handles ethics matters. UMMS refused to meet with Graham at the urging of prosecutors, Snyder claims.
A few months before Snyder was indicted, the Maryland Bar Counsel filed a disciplinary action against him based on a complaint from UMMS, which also filed state and federal reports. lawyer.
Once he was indicted in October 2020, Snyder agreed to a temporary suspension of his law license so he could focus on defending against criminal charges.
Snyder said he believes his criminal case will end soon, as he feels his efforts to confront UMMS officials and Graham showed there was no criminal intent to rob the hospital, according to Snyder. and his request for restoration.
Bar Counsel has not taken a position on Snyder’s request for reinstatement.
Oral arguments on Snyder’s federal appeals are scheduled for the week of March 7-10.