Board of Overseers of the Bar v. Jeremey A. Miller
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Docket No.: BAR-16-20
Issued by: Maine Supreme Judicial Court
Date: March 10, 2017
Respondent: Jeremey A. Miller
Bar Number: 004398
Order: Reciprocal Discipline
Disposition/Conduct: Excessive Fees, Personal Conflict of Interest, Knowingly disobeying an obligation under the rules of the tribunal, Misconduct involving deceit
M. Bar R. 26(e)
Jeremey A. Miller was admitted to the Maine bar in 2008. In October 2015, Mr. Miller became administratively suspended due to his failure to timely renew his licensure and pay the required fees/assessments. Prior to his suspension, Mr. Miller was registered with the Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar (the Board) as a non-resident active attorney. According to the Board’s records, Mr. Miller had almost exclusively been practicing in New Hampshire.
In September 2016, the Board received certified confirmation that the New Hampshire Supreme Court issued an August 25, 2016 Suspension Order against Mr. Miller. The Court’s imposition of a one year suspension was based upon Mr. Miller’s violations of N. H. R. Prof. Conduct 1.5; 1.7; 3.4(c), 8.4(a), and 8.4(c). That suspension became effective September 7, 2016.
The Court notes that Mr. Miller’s professional conduct violations included his failure to request and obtain client consent in providing representation to multiple parties in the same transaction; his failure to exercise a duty of good faith and loyalty; and his subsequent failure to properly comply with obligations to a tribunal. In Maine, Mr. Miller’s misconduct would constitute analogous violations of M. R. Prof. Conduct 1.5 (excessive fees); 1.7 (personal conflict of interest); 3.4(c) (knowingly disobeying an obligation under the rules of the tribunal); and 8.4 (c) (misconduct involving deceit).
Based upon the above rule violations, the Court finds that reciprocal discipline in Maine is warranted. Accordingly, the Court ORDERS that Jeremey A. Miller is now suspended from the practice of law in Maine for one year, and he may not return to practicing law in Maine until such time as his Petition for Reinstatement is granted.
Dated: March 10, 2017
Ellen A. Gorman
Maine Supreme Judicial Court