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DC Defense Lawyers Express Shock Over Bernie Grimm's Disbarment Consent

Bernard Grimm of Cozen O'Connor, on his way to U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. May 10, 2012. Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM Bernard Grimm on his way to U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., in May 2012. Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM

Bernie Grimm’s consent to disbarment has surprised peers in the criminal defense bar in Washington, D.C.—especially since the underlying circumstances of the disciplinary action have been shrouded in mystery.

Law.com reported Thursday that Grimm, a high-profile D.C. defense attorney who was previously a shareholder at Cozen O’Connor, consented to disbarment, requesting that his disbarment be effective Sept. 1, 2021, to permit him to wind down his practice.