Bar News - November 18, 2015
Professional Conduct Committee
In the Matter of Michael T. Pearson, Esquire – LD-2015-0008
SUMMARY OF PUBLIC CENSURE
Michael T. Pearson of Dover, New Hampshire was admitted to the Maine Bar in March 1992. While living in Ohio, he was administratively suspended in Maine in late 1995 until being reinstated in February 2005. The disciplinary matter was commenced through Bar Counsel’s receipt of information reporting that on December 18, 2013 that Mr. Pearson had engaged in the unauthorized practice of law in Maine. That action occurred in a contested family matter pending in the Portland District Court, Jeff O’Brien v. Cyrena Gilpatrick, Docket No. PORDC-FM-2013-201. As a result of his engaging in that court litigation while suspended from practice in Maine, Mr. Pearson violated M. Bar R. 6(a)(1) and M. R. Prof. Conduct 5.5(a)(b) and 8.4(a)(d).
By his failure to answer the Maine Board’s formal charges, Mr. Pearson has further constructively admitted that because he had knowingly failed to properly register in Maine for 2013, he is presumed to know that he would be suspended in Maine pursuant to the Maine Bar Rules. Mr. Pearson has admitted he knew that under Maine Bar Rules he was required to so notify the Board of his new address, but failed to do so at the proper and required time. His conduct violated Maine Bar Rule 6(a) as well as M. R. Prof. Conduct 8.4(a)(d).
The Committee issued a Public Censure, and reimbursement of all costs associated with the investigation and prosecution. An Order is available on our website at www.nhattyreg.org and at the Attorney Discipline Office at 4 Chenell Drive, Suite 102, Concord, NH 03301.
October 26, 2015