Kristina Pamela Campagna v. Chris A. Nielsen, Esq.

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Disposition: Award to Respondent

Issued by: Fee Arbitration Commission

Docket #: FAC # 20-215

Dated: February 24, 2021

Bar Number: 009739

On January 28, 2021, the Board of Overseers’ Fee Arbitration Commission conducted a hearing in the above–captioned matter. The dispute concerned fee issues detailed within Petitioner, Kristina Pamela Campagna’s Petition. The members of the Commission were Michael J. Colleran, Esq.; F. Todd Lowell, Esq.; and public member Sandra Hodge. The hearing occurred via Zoom videoconferencing. Despite having received notification of the time, date, and place of the hearing, the Petitioner failed to appear at the hearing. The Respondent appeared and testified. The Panel Chair declined to admit into evidence documents submitted by Respondent for the first time the day before the hearing or to permit testimony from an expert designated by the Respondent a few minutes before the hearing. Based upon the evidence admitted, the Commission finds as follows:

Assessing the findings in conjunction with the factors and requirements set forth in Rule 1.5 of the Rules of Professional Conduct, the Panel finds that Petitioner Pamela Campagna has not carried her burden to show that Respondent Chris A. Nelson's fees were unreasonable. Therefore, the Respondent does not owe anything to the Petitioner.

Pursuant to Maine Bar Rule 7(h), in order to preserve the confidentiality of the written materials and the testimony admitted at the hearing, the Commission has not enumerated its findings of fact and conclusions within this Award and Determination. The Award and Determination is accompanied, however, by a separate supplemental document which sets forth the findings of facts and conclusions of the Commission. By ruling of the Chair, the attached supplemental document shall not be considered part of the award, which is a public document. In accordance with Maine Bar Rule 7(h), the supplemental document shall be confidential and shall not be open to the public or disclosed to any person except as otherwise set forth in Maine Bar Rule 7(h).

This Award and Determination is in full settlement of all claims submitted to the Fee Arbitration Commission.

The undersigned has subscribed to this award on February 24, 2021.

Michael J. Colleran, Esq.
Panel Chair
Fee Arbitration Commission