BIDDEFORD, Maine — Two lawyers, one from Maine and one from Marblehead, Mass., have been suspended from practicing law in Maine due to professional misconduct.
Attorney Scott D. Giese, who has practiced for five years and maintains a practice in Biddeford, must close his practice from Jan. 22 to March 19 after the Maine Supreme Judicial Court found him guilty of five separate counts of misconduct.
After completing the suspension, Giese can reopen his practice under the condition that it be monitored for at least one year, according to a release from the Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar.
According to a Jan. 13 order of suspension signed by Associate Justice Joseph M. Jabar of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, the court found that, among other acts of misconduct, Giese agreed to a highly contested parental rights order without his client’s consent, failed to prosecute a criminal appeal, filed an unmeritorious lawsuit on behalf of a person with whom he had a personal conflict, charged excessive fees and neglected legal matters.
According to the order of suspension, the court found that Giese apparently “expanded his practice at a speed and breadth that he could not accomodate. As a result, clients were neglected and legal matters were not properly attended to.”
In addition to the two-month suspension, Giese must complete six hours of approved live continuing legal education focused on law practice management by June 16.
Massachusetts attorney Kirk Y. Griffin also is suspended until further notice from practicing law in Maine.
On Sept. 13, Griffin was suspended from practicing in Massachusetts for violations of the rules of professional conduct including trust account improprieties, commingling funds, failing to return client funds and failing to comply with bar counsel’s request for trust account records, according to the Maine Overseers of the Bar.
Griffin did not respond to a Maine Supreme Judicial Court order in October offering him the opportunity to show why an identical suspension should not be imposed in Maine and has been suspended from practicing in Maine.