High court bans lawyer for 3 years

Posted Feb. 12, 2010, at 9:51 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Supreme Judicial Court has suspended a former Aroostook County attorney from practicing for three years.

The Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar announced Thursday the suspension of Kathleen O’Boyle, 50, who now lives in Export, Pa. O’Boyle was a solo practitioner for more than a decade with offices in Fort Kent and Presque Isle before she left Maine in August 2008.

O’Boyle was suspended for failing to communicate in a timely manner with clients; properly monitor a client’s legal matter; and pay sums related to her law practice.

The state supreme court temporarily suspended O’Boyle last June and two court-appointed receivers were appointed to manage the storage and delivery of her closed client files. The court’s latest decision, dated Feb. 5, imposed the three-year suspension.

At the time of her move, the court found that O’Boyle failed to communicate with some of her clients in a timely manner, did not pay storage fees at the facility where her closed clients files were stored, and did not promptly pay a required refund she was ordered to pay to a client.

O’Boyle is listed as inactive with the Pennsylvania bar, according to the Maine Board of Overseers. She is selling real estate in Murrysville, Pa., east of Pittsburgh, where she grew up, according to information on the real estate agency Web site where she is employed.

Information about her suspension in Maine will be forwarded to the Pennsylvania Board of Overseers and she could face sanctions in that state.

The Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar was created by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court in 1978 to govern the conduct of lawyers as officers of the court. The board regulates the conduct of lawyers by enforcing the Maine Bar Rules adopted by the court.

For information about filing a complaint, call 623-1121 or visit the board’s Web site at www.mebaroverseers.org.

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