Board of Overseers of the Bar v. Albert L. Speziali, Esq.
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Docket No.: BAR-14-3
Issued by: Maine Supreme Judicial Court
Date: May 22, 2014
Respondent: Albert L. Speziali, Esq
Bar Number: 003051
Order: Reciprocal Discipline
Disposition/Conduct: Dismissed without Prejudice
This matter was initiated based upon the State of Connecticut's Statewide Grievance Committee's February 26, 2014 referral to Maine Bar Counsel of the "Stipulation and Order" of December 9, 2013 in the Connecticut Superior Court matter of Disciplinary Counsel vs. Albert Speziali (KNL CV 08- 4008831 S).
Speziali was admitted to the Maine Bar in 1985 but has never practiced in Maine and remains registered here on an inactive nonresident basis.
That 2013 Connecticut Order references imposition of Speziali's suspension from practice in Connecticut, retroactive to the period of September 30, 2008 to April 28, 2009 for his violation of Rule 1.15 of the Connecticut Rules of Professional Conduct.
This Court has received and reviewed Speziali's sworn to and notarized letter/affidavit of May 16, 2014. From that review, the following relevant facts are noted:
- Due to his disability caused by depression, Speziali was removed from the active practice of law in Connecticut from 2008 until December 2013;
- The December 2013 Connecticut Order confirmed the earlier seven month retroactive disciplinary suspension (September 30, 2008 - April 28, 2009), and validated Speziali's return to active practice in Connecticut; and
- Court-monitoring conditions imposed by that 2013 Order have been complied with by Speziali and currently remain in place.
As a result of its review of this matter, the Court approves the parties' agreed upon proposed recommendation that based upon the background facts in this matter, particularly concerning Speziali's lengthy earlier removal from practice to properly address his disability such that he has now returned to a Court-supervised active practice in Connecticut, no present purpose is served by the imposition of any current discipline in Maine. Accordingly, this matter is hereby ordered dismissed without prejudice.
DATED: May 22, 2014
Joseph M. Jabar, Associate Justice
Maine Supreme Judicial Court