Board of Overseers of the Bar v. Richard D. Violette, Esq.

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Docket No.: BAR-13-2

Issued by: Maine Supreme Judicial Court

Date: January 29, 2013

Respondent: Richard D. Violette, Esq.

Bar Number: 003042

Order: Temporary Suspension

Disposition/Conduct: Improper Communication; Illegal conduct and Conduct Involving Dishonesty


By filing dated January 10, 2013 the Board of Overseers of the Bar (the Board) petitioned this Court for an immediate Order temporarily suspending Richard D. Violette from the practice of law in the State of Maine. Included with the Board's Petition were related exhibits and an Affidavit of Bar Counsel.

Of note, Richard D. Violette has failed to respond to either of the involved grievance complaints in GCF #12-391 and GCF #12-404.

For good cause shown by the Board, Richard D. Violette appears to have committed numerous 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 Richard D. Violette's actions constitute violations of M. R. of Prof. Conduct 1.4(a); l.5(a); 8.1(b) and 8.4(a)(b)(c)(d).

Accordingly, this Court ORDERS that Richard D. Violette be suspended from the practice of law in Maine until further Order of this Court. The Court further ORDERS that the Affidavit of Bar Counsel in this matter be sealed and impounded pending further Order of this Court.

Warren M. Silver, Associate Justice

Maine Supreme Judicial Court