Board of Overseers of the Bar v. Dana F. Strout
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Docket No.: BAR-21-04
Issued by: Justice, Ann M. Murray, Maine Superior Court
Date: June 21, 2021
Respondent: Dana F. Strout
Bar Number: 008239
Order: Order of Surrender
M. BAR R. 25(d)
This matter is before the Court on a Petition for Immediate Interim Suspension filed by the Board of Overseers of the Bar (the "Board").
Pursuant to M. Bar R. 25(d) Defendant has submitted to the Board of Overseers a Letter of Surrender of License ("Surrender"). Pursuant to M. Bar R. 25(d), Defendant has stated that the Surrender is freely and voluntarily rendered, he is not subject to coercion or duress, and he is fully aware of the implications of surrender. Also pursuant to M. Bar R. 25(d). Defendant has stated that he is aware that there is presently pending an investigation into allegations of misconduct, the nature of which Defendant has set forth in his accompanying affidavit ("Affidavit"), which is attached hereto and which is impounded pursuant to M. Bar R. 25(d)(3). Finally, Defendant acknowledges, pursuant to M. Bar R. 25(d), that specified material portions of the underlying allegations could be proven, if those said facts were found to be credible by the Court.
Defendant agrees that, pursuant to M. Bar R. 25(d)(4), he may be reinstated only upon petition filed in the Court after at least 5 years from the effective date of surrender. Defendant further acknowledges that he may not file such a petition unless he has remitted all outstanding amounts resulting from any claims paid out by the Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection.
The Defendant's Surrender of his license is hereby accepted by the Court, pursuant to the terms set forth in this Order, and the Board's Petition for the Interim Suspension dated May 5, 2021, is hereby rendered moot and dismissed. The Defendant's Surrender will be effective as of July 1, 2021, and he will be prohibited from practicing law thereafter.
This Order does not prohibit Bar Counsel from requesting that the investigation underlying its Petition for Immediate Interim Suspension be considered in any reinstatement proceeding and allows the Grievance Commission and Court to consider all prior disciplinary history, including the Petition for Immediate Interim Suspension discussed in this Order.
Dated: June 21, 2021
Ann M. Murray
Maine Superior Court