The Baltimore entertainment attorney who represented White House state dinner crashers Tareq and Michaele Salahi and "The Wire" actress Felicia "Snoop" Pearson was disbarred Monday after the state's highest court found he had, among other things, overbilled clients and misused money given to him as a retainer.
The court ruled Gardner improperly paid his office manager for legal work, though she was not an attorney, and improperly filed a nonimmigrant work visa application, resulting in its being denied. In one case, he charged $25,000 to a woman to negotiate a contract between her son and rapper Rick Ross to produce a song, but the contract was never executed and the money was not fully returned.
Gardner, a managing partner of the Gardner Law Group, claims on the firm's website to have represented musicians like Outkast and has pictures of himself with various celebrities and public figures, including President Barack Obama.
In 2009, he represented the Salahi couple, who were accused of showing up at a White House state dinner without an invitation.