Board of Overseers of the Bar v. Dale F. Thistle, Esq.

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Docket No.: BAR-14-10

Issued by: Single Justice, Maine Supreme Judicial Court

Date: May 28, 2014

Respondent: Dale F. Thistle, Esq.

Bar Number: 007483

Order: Suspension

Disposition/Conduct: Disabled Attorney


By filing dated May 27, 2014, the Board of Overseers of the Bar (the Board) petitioned this Court for an immediate Order suspending Dale F Thistle for disability-related reasons from the practice of law in the State of Maine. Included with the Board's Petition was a Confidential Affidavit of Bar Counsel.

For good cause shown by the Board, Dale F. Thistle, Esq. appears to be a disabled attorney; as a result, he has committed apparent violations of the Maine Rules of Professional Conduct, thereby serving as a threat to clients, the public and to the administration of justice. The court finds that Attorney Thistle's actions constitute violations of M. R. prof. Conduct 1.3; 1.4(a); 1.15(a)(b)(d)(e); and 8.4 (a)(c)(d).

Accordingly, this court ORDERS that Dale F. Thistle be suspended from the practice of law in Maine pursuant to M. Bar R. 7.3(e)(2)(B) until further Order of this Court.

The Court further ORDERS that Attorney Michael A. Wiers of Newport, Maine is appointed as the Receiver of Attorney Thistle’s practice. The separate Order for the Appointment of Receiver is incorporated herein by reference.

Ellen Gorman, Associate Justice
Maine Supreme Judicial Court