Portland lawyer suspended from practice for 3 years

Posted July 24, 2013, at 12:33 p.m.
Last modified July 24, 2013, at 7:06 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Board Overseers of the Bar announced Tuesday that David Hunt of Portland had been suspended from the practice of law for three years.

The suspension, ordered by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, is retroactive to Aug. 18, 2012. The court suspended half of the suspension provided Hunt does not violate any bar rules during that time period, according to a press release issued by the board.

“The suspension is based upon Hunt’s incapacitation and his violations of various provisions of the Maine Rules of Professional Conduct,” the release said.

An investigation by the board found that Hunt “made improper use of his operating and trust account … by placing some advanced fees in his operating account” instead of in a trust account.

Maine Supreme Judicial Court Justice Jon Levy found that due to his impairment related to his abuse of alcohol and unidentified health problems, “Hunt has been unable and remains unable to properly discharge his professional duties as a member of the bar.” Levy ordered a monitor, who is not named in court documents, be assigned to Hunt’s practice during the 18-month suspended suspension.

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 and the Maine Rules of Professional Conduct adopted by the court.

People may inquire about filing a complaint by contacting the Board’s office by telephone at 623-1121, by visiting the board’s website, http://www.mebaroverseers.org, or by sending a detailed written signed complaint letter to: P.O. Box 527, Augusta, ME 04332-0527.

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