Board of Overseers of the Bar v. Gary Karpin

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Docket No.: BAR-05-05

Issued by: Single Justice

Date: October 23, 2007

Respondent: Gary Karpin

Bar Number: 003618

Order: Disbarment Reciprocal Discipline

Disposition/Conduct: Illegal Conduct


On October 17, 2007 the Board of Overseers of the Bar petitioned this Court for an Order of Default in the reciprocal discipline matter filed by the Board in September 2005. Attached to the Board's Petition for Reciprocal Discipline was a certified copy of the Vermont Supreme Court's Order adopting the Vermont Professional Conduct Board's recommendation to disbar Mr. Karpin.

The Court notes that after several attempts by the Board, Mr. Karpin was finally served with a copy of the Board's pleadings and this Court's Order & Notice dated November 15, 2005. It appears from the return of service that Mr. Karpin was served through acceptance by his AZ counsel on or about July 17, 2007. Thereafter, Mr. Karpin had thirty days in which to notify this Court of any claim by him that identical discipline in Maine would be unwarranted. Attorney Karpin has defaulted by failing to file any response to this Court's order.

Upon consideration of the Board of Overseers of the Bar's Motion for Default and Petition for Reciprocal Discipline; and after providing Mr. Karpin an opportunity to be heard, 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), Gary J. Karpin is disbarred for his violations of those portions of Maine's Code of Professional Responsibility that are analogous to his violations of Vermont's Rules of Professional Conduct as found in the Supreme Court of Vermont's Order dated May 21, 1993.

For the Court

Hon. Jon D. Levy, Associate Justice – Maine Supreme Judicial Court