Board of Overseers of the Bar v. Joseph A. Ritzo

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Docket No.: Bar-10-7

Issued by: Single Justice, Maine Supreme Judicial Court

Date: June 24, 2010

Respondent: Joseph A. Ritzo

Bar Number: 003161

Order: Suspension

Disposition/Conduct: Safekeeping Property, Client Trust Accounts, Interest on Trust Accounts; Responsibilities Regarding Nonlawyer Assistants; Misconduct


This Court has received a certified copy of the New Hampshire Supreme Court's Professional Conduct Committee's Reissued Six-Month Suspension Order with conditions dated February 17, 2010, against Attorney Joseph A. Ritzo for his violations of New Hampshire Rules of Conduct 1.15(a), 5.3(a)(b)(c), and 8.4(a)(b)(c). By its terms that Order took effect March 1, 2010.

Through his attorney, Mr. Ritzo has notified the Court and Bar Counsel of his consent to the Board of Overseers of the Bar's request for imposition of identical concurrent discipline in Maine.

Therefore, by agreement of the parties, this Court hereby ORDERS:

  1. The Board of Overseers of the Bar's Petition for Reciprocal Discipline is hereby granted in all respects; and

  2. Effective retroactively to March 1, 2010, and pursuant to M. Bar R. 7.3(h)(3), Joseph A. Ritzo is suspended from the practice of law in Maine for six (6) months for his violations of the following Maine Rules of Professional Conduct: 1.15(a), 5.3(a)(b)(c), and 8.4(a)(b)(c).

For the Court

Hon. Warren M. Silver, Associate Justice - Maine Supreme Judicial Court