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Dow v. Jones
Citation:311 F.Supp. 2d 461 (2004)
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On October 3, 1996, Dow was charged with various criminal offenses in Maryland arising from an alleged sexual assault of a minor. At the time, Dow was a radio disc jockey and a candidate for mayor of Berlin, Maryland. He sought private counsel to represent him. Dow met his wife in Washington D.C. office of the firm Seals Jones Wilson Garrow & Evans, L.L.P. (SJWGE) with two partners, James Benny Jones and Robert Wilson. Between January 15 and March 26, 1997, Dow also retained attorney Edwin H. Harvey to assist Jones as co-counsel in this case. Jones sent a letter to the Assistant State’s Attorney, stating that he represented Dow in the pending criminal case. On March 26, Harvey sent a notice entering the appearances of James Benny Jones and Edwin H. Harvey as attorneys of record for Dow in the criminal case. SJWGE was organized as a registered limited liability partnership in 1994. Dow states that the five named partners of SJWGE held themselves out to the public and to Dow as partners operating a law firm under the name of Seals Jones Wilson Garrow & Evans, L.L.P. About one month before Dow’s criminal trial, SJWGE received a certificate from the government formally canceling the firm’s status as a limited liability partnership. The firm states that SJWGE actually had dissolved as of May 1, 1997. Dow states that he was not notified and was not aware of the dissolution or that Jones might not have the authority to act for SJWGE.
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