Bar News - March 18, 2015
Supreme Court Professional Conduct Committee
Linda L. Ashford advs.
Roy B. Frazel, III #10-082
Linda L. Ashford advs. Attorney Discipline Office #12-027
SUMMARY OF SIX MONTH SUSPENSION STAYED FOR ONE YEAR
The matter arose from two cases. The first involved a divorce in which there were allegations of domestic violence (the “Frazel Case”). The parties stipulated that Ms. Ashford pursued remedies on behalf of her client without a sufficient factual basis, in violation of Rule 3.1: Meritorious Claims and Contentions. In addition, the parties stipulated that Ms. Ashford failed to make the Court aware of all of the facts pertinent to the court’s consideration of an ex parte request for a protective order, in violation of Rule 3.3(c): Duty of Candor to the Tribunal.
The second case involved Ms. Ashford’s use of an office employee to represent her client at a hearing in court (the “Treadwell Case”). The employee, Paul Coddington, was an attorney suspended from the practice of law. The parties stipulated that Ms. Ashford violated Rule 1.4(a)(2): Client Communications, by (1) allowing Mr. Coddington to represent Mr. Treadwell, (2) referring to Mr. Coddington as an “attorney” in correspondence with Mr. Treadwell, and (3) and failing to apprise Mr. Treadwell of Mr. Coddington’s status. In addition, the parties stipulated that Attorney Ashford violated Rule 5.3: Responsibilities Regarding Non-lawyer Assistants, by failing to verify Mr. Coddington’s status and allowing him act as Mr. Treadwell’s counsel.
The Committee issued a Six Month Suspension Stayed for One Year, and reimbursement of all costs associated with the investigation and prosecution of this matter. A complete Order is available online and at the Attorney Discipline Office at 4 Chenell Drive, Suite 102, Concord, NH 03301.
March 2, 2014