Board of Overseers of the Bar v. Eugene McLaughlin, Jr., Esq.
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Docket No.: GCF# 16-316
Issued by: Grievance Commission
Date: February 16, 2018
Respondent: Eugene McLaughlin, Jr., Esq.
Bar Number: 003748
Order: Report Finding of Probable Cause for Filing of Information with the Court
Disposition/Conduct: Competence, Conflict of Interest: Current Clients, Knowingly Disobey an obligation under the Rules of a Tribunal, Respect for Rights of Third Persons; Inadvertent Disclosures, Knowingly make a false statement of material fact, Misconduct
On January 25, 2018, with due notice, Panel D of the Grievance Commission conducted a public disciplinary hearing pursuant to M. Bar R. 13(e) concerning alleged misconduct by the Respondent, Eugene McLaughlin, Jr., Esq. The Panel members were Chair James M. McKenna III, Esq., Teresa M. Cloutier, Esq., and Public Member Margaret T. Clancey. The Board of Overseers of the Bar (the "Board") was represented by Assistant Bar Counsel Alan P. Kelley. The Respondent was present and represented by Leonard I. Sharon, Esq.
This proceeding was initiated by the filing of a Disciplinary Petition by the Board on March 24, 2017, alleging that the Respondent violated specific portions of the Maine Rules of Professional Conduct, including M. R. Prof. Conduct 1.1, 1.8(a), 3.4(c), 4.4(a), 8.l(a), and 8.4(a), (b), (c), and (d). Based upon the documentary and testimonial evidence admitted at the hearing, the Panel finds that there is probable cause for the Respondent's suspension or disbarment.
Pursuant to M. Bar R. 13(e)(10)(E), the Panel hereby directs Bar Counsel to file an Information with the Executive Clerk of the Court as set forth in M. Bar R. 13(g)(l).
Dated: February 16, 2018
James A. McKenna III, Esq., Panel Chair
Teresa M. Cloutier, Esq., Panel Member
Margaret T. Clancey, Acting Public Member