Lawrence E. Galkowski v. Robert J. Levine, Esq.

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Disposition: Award to Respondent

Issued by: Fee Arbitration Commission

Docket #: FAC#15-271

Dated: December 1, 2015

Bar Number: 000347

Public member Cathy A. DeMerchant, Thomas J. Nale, Sr., Esq., and Christopher L. Mann, Chair, constitute a duly authorized Fee Arbitration Panel of the Fee Arbitration Commission of the Board of Overseers of the Bar. This Panel was designated to hear the controversy existing between the above named parties as set forth in the Petitioner's petition. A hearing was held November 19, 2015, at Augusta, Maine. Both pro-se Petitioner and Respondent appeared and testified. Respondent submitted an executed fee agreement prior to hearing. Based upon the evidence introduced and the testimony, the Panel finds as follows:

Measuring the findings with the factors set forth in Rules 1.5 of the Rules of Professional Conduct, the Panel finds that Petitioner has not carried his burden to establish that the fees are unreasonable. Judgment in the amount of $1,041.46 is hereby awarded to the Respondent.

In order to preserve the confidentiality of the written materials and the testimony submitted at the hearing, the findings of fact and conclusions are not set forth in the Award and Determination. This Award and Determination is accompanied, however, by a separate supplemental document which sets forth the findings of facts and conclusions of the Panel. 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).

The Award and Determination is in full settlement of all claims submitted to the Arbitration Panel.

Dated: December 1, 2015

Christopher L. Mann, Esq.
Panel 3 Chair
Fee Arbitration Commission