Baltimore attorney Kenneth Ravenell appears to have separated from Murphy, Falcon, & Murphy, the prestigious firm in which he'd been a partner since 2007, when he left what was then known as Schulman, Treem, Kaminkow, Gilden & Ravenell PA.
The website for Murphy, Falcon, & Murphy recently changed its logo to read "Murphy Falcon Murphy Xinis Koch," instead of "Murphy Falcon Murphy Ravenell Koch," and references to Ravenell on the site, including images of him, have been purged. For instance, the firm's Facebook page on Sept. 2 announced "Three Partners Selected as Best Lawyers," saying that "partners Judge William H. 'Billy' Murphy Jr., Kenneth W. Ravenell, and Mary McNamara Koch have been selected as 2015 Best Lawyers," but today the page on the firm's site about this honor makes no mention of Ravenell.
City Paper asked Murphy for comment and clarification about Ravenell's status with the firm, but received no response, and Ravenell this morning answered his phone, saying, "This is he," then hung up as soon as a reporter announced who was calling him.
On Sept. 23, City Paper published a story based on court documents that show federal law enforcers apparently believe that Ravenell served a client, accused high-level narcotics trafficker and high-volume money-launderer Richard Byrd, in ways that aided the conspiracy allegedly led by Byrd. Ravenell, who has not been accused of breaking the law, also did not respond to requests for comment for that story.
Murphy, Falcon, & Murphy has in the past publicized Ravenell's success in representing Byrd when, in Feb. 2013, Ravenell and associate Milin Chun won a favorable ruling in Arizona state court—which the government has since appealed—over hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and other assets law enforcers had seized from Byrd. "Congratulations to partner Ken Ravenell and associate Milin Chun" for the dismissal of the case "after two years of litigation," the firm announced on Facebook.
Court records indicate Ravenell still represents Byrd, but he recently withdrew his appearance in another federal case in Maryland against Michael Hayden, who has pleaded guilty to illegally harvesting and selling 185,925 pounds of striped bass and is awaiting sentencing. "Undersigned counsel is unable to continue as counsel in this case," Ravenell wrote in his motion to withdraw filed on Sept. 26, which also states that Murphy will represent Hayden at sentencing.
Murphy, meanwhile, has been entering his appearance in other cases where Ravenell had previously signed on as lead counsel, including the pending state-court assault-and-misconduct charges against Baltimore police officer Serge Antonin, who's accused of striking a restrained teenage car-theft suspect. And Chun appears to have taken the lead in the upcoming federal sentencing of George Sylvester Frink Jr., who pleaded guilty to cocaine and money-laundering charges while being represented by Ravenell.