Board of Overseers of the Bar v. John D. Griffin

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Docket No.: BAR-13-4

Issued by: Maine Supreme Judicial Court

Date: January 8, 2014

Respondent: John D. Griffin

Bar Number: 001528

Order: Order and Decision

Disposition/Conduct: Order Approving Second Status Report of Limited Receiver


Pending before the Court is the Limited Receiver's Second Formal Status Report filed on December 30, 2013. After review, the Second Formal Status Report is ACCEPTED as follows:

It is hereby ORDERED that Attorney Jon S. Oxman's appointment as Limited Receiver shall continue, and his ongoing plan concerning the closing and/or disposal of the files of Attorney John D. Griffin remains APPROVED, with the following amendment to the Court’s September 23, 2013 Order Approving Limited Receiver’s Report:

It is further ORDERED that the Board of Overseers of the Bar shall remain as the primary file caretaker of John D. Griffin's unclaimed client files. Accordingly, after the Limited Receiver has identified Attorney Griffin's unclaimed client files, the files shall be turned over to the Board of Overseers of the Bar. Because Attorney Griffin informed his clients of his intent to close his office effective December 21, 2006 by publishing notices in the Lewiston Sun-Journal on December 9, 11 and 13, 2006, the Board shall destroy all remaining unclaimed client files on or after December 21, 2014. However, the Board shall retain and tend those items of intrinsic value (original wills and deeds) as long as they retain their value.

The Court acknowledges the enormous effort and valuable service Attorney Oxman has already provided as Limited Receiver, thanks him for his work, and extends its sincere appreciation for his willingness to serve as a Receiver. The Maine Bar is fortunate to have such generous and dedicated practitioners within its ranks.

Ellen A. Gorman, Associate Justice

Maine Supreme Judicial Court