Board of Overseers of the Bar v. Charles F. Perrault

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Docket No.: BAR-13-15

Issued by: Supreme Judicial Court

Date: November 21, 2013

Respondent: Charles F. Perrault

Bar Number: 003330

Order: Suspended Suspension Reciprocal Discipline

Disposition/Conduct: Reciprocal Discipline


On September 12, 2013 the Board of Overseers of the Bar petitioned this Court for Reciprocal Discipline against the above-named attorney. Attached to the Board?s Petition for Reciprocal Discipline was a certified copy of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court?s August 26, 2013 Order suspending Charles Perrault.

On October 10, 2013, this Court issued an Order and Notice to show cause why identical discipline should not be imposed in Maine. By certified mail, the Board served Mr. Perrault with a copy of that Order. After an opportunity to respond, Mr. Perrault filed no reply to the Court?s Order and Notice. Thereafter Mr. Perrault notified Bar Counsel that he did not object to the imposition of identical discipline in Maine.

Upon consideration of the Board?s Petition for Reciprocal Discipline and Mr. Perrault?s lack of objection to identical discipline in Maine, it is hereby ORDERED as follows:

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

  2. Effective immediately and pursuant to M. Bar R. 7.3(h)(3), Charles Perrault is suspended from the practice of law in Maine for three months, with the execution of that suspension stayed for a period of one year from the date of entry of this Order. The suspended suspension is due to his violations of the Massachusetts Rules of Professional Conduct, which by analogy to the Maine Rules of Professional Conduct would include 1.5(a) and 5.1(a)(b).

  3. After the stayed execution, Mr. Perrault may file an affidavit of compliance with the terms outlined by the Massachusetts Supreme Court?s August 2013 Order. Ultimately, the Massachusetts Court may decide not to suspend Mr. Perrault, and he is to notify this Court if such an Order results from his subsequent compliance and proper filings in the Massachusetts Supreme Court.

  4. If Mr. Perrault does serve any term of actual suspension, then within thirty days of the effective date of that suspension, Mr. Perrault shall file with the Executive Clerk (copied to the Board) a notification affidavit demonstrating his compliance with M. Bar R. 7.3(i)(1)(B).

Andrew M. Mead, Associate Justice

Maine Supreme Judicial Court