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Bar News - December 21, 2016


Supreme Court Orders

LD-2016-0016
In the Matter of John A. James, Jr., Esquire

On September 8, 2016, the Attorney Discipline Office (ADO) filed a certified copy of the August 22, 2016 order of the Supreme Judicial Court for Suffolk County (Massachusetts), disbarring Attorney John A. James, Jr. After receiving the Supreme Judicial Court order, this court issued an order, in accordance with Rule 37(12)(b), giving Attorney James and the Professional Conduct Committee (PCC) an opportunity to advise the court if they believed that the imposition of identical or substantially similar discipline would be unwarranted. The PCC advised the court that it believed that disbarment was warranted. Attorney James filed no response.

After reviewing the PCCís response and the Supreme Judicial Courtís order, the court concludes that disbarment of Attorney James is warranted. The summary of the Supreme Judicial Court proceedings states that Attorney James was found to have repeatedly and knowingly violated orders of the Massachusetts probate court issued in connection with his personal post-divorce matters, with the result that he was adjudged in contempt twenty-two times. The probate court found that Attorney James misrepresented his income and assets, made knowingly false statements, and sought to conceal information. The United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Hampshire found that Attorney James filed a personal bankruptcy action in bad faith. In addition to his conduct in these matters, the Supreme Judicial Court found that Attorney James knowingly failed, without good cause, to respond to bar counselís requests for information in connection with an investigation and knowingly failed to comply with an administrative suspension order by failing to notify all clients and opposing counsel. The Supreme Judicial Court found that Attorney James violated Massachusetts Rules of Professional Conduct 3.1, 3.3(a)(1), 3.4(a), 3.4(c), 8.1(b), 8.4(c), 8.4(d), 8.4(g), S.J.C. Rule 4:01, ß3(1)(b), and S.J.C. Rule 4:01, ß17(1)(c) and (d).

Accordingly, the court orders as follows:

(1) Attorney John A. James, Jr., is disbarred from the practice of law in New Hampshire.

(2) Attorney James shall reimburse the Attorney Discipline Office for all costs and expenses incurred in the investigation and prosecution of this matter.

(3) If Attorney James seeks readmission to the New Hampshire bar in the future, he shall be required to take the New Hampshire Bar Examination and the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination and meet the other requirements of Rule 37(14).

Dalianis, C.J., and Hicks, Conboy, Lynn, and Bassett, JJ., concurred.

DATE: November 18, 2016
ATTEST: Eileen Fox, Clerk


ADM-2016-0047
In the Matter of Ray Nichols, Esq.

On May 26, 2016, Ray Nichols, Esq., was suspended from the practice of law in New Hampshire by this court after having been suspended by the New Hampshire Bar Association for more than six months for failing to pay his 2015/2016 bar dues. The court has been advised by the New Hampshire Bar Association that Attorney Nichols has now paid all outstanding bar dues and fees.

Attorney Nichols has filed a motion for reinstatement to the practice of law in New Hampshire. Attorney Nicholsís motion for reinstatement is granted. Attorney Nichols is reinstated to the practice of law in New Hampshire effective immediately.

Dalianis, C.J., and Hicks, Conboy, Lynn and Bassett, JJ., concurred.

DATE: November 21, 2016
ATTEST: Eileen Fox, Clerk


ADM-2016-0051
In the Matter of Charles F. Willson, Esquire

On May 26, 2016, Attorney Willson was suspended from the practice of law in New Hampshire by this court after having been suspended by the New Hampshire Bar Association for more than six months for failing to pay his 2015/2016 bar dues. The court has been advised by the New Hampshire Bar Association that Attorney Willson has now paid all outstanding bar dues and fees.

Attorney Willson has filed a motion for reinstatement to the practice of law in New Hampshire. Attorney Willsonís motion for reinstatement is granted. Attorney Willson is reinstated to the practice of law in New Hampshire effective immediately.

Dalianis, C.J., and Hicks, Conboy, Lynn and Bassett, JJ., concurred.

DATE: November 21, 2016
ATTEST: Eileen Fox, Clerk


The Supreme Court of New Hampshire hereby reappoints the following members of the Board of Bar Examiners to serve three-year terms commencing, nunc pro tunc, on November 1, 2016, and expiring on November 1, 2019:

William F. Ardinger Bruce W. Felmly Edmond J. Ford Melinda Gehris Michael McCormack Anu R. Mullikin David M. Rothstein Mary E. Tenn Martha Van Oot

Issued: November 21, 2016 ATTEST: Eileen Fox, Clerk of Court Supreme Court of New Hampshire


In accordance with Rule 42(II)(a), the court reappoints the following persons to the Committee on Character and Fitness:

1. Attorney Willard Martin, a member of the Board of Bar Examiners, is reappointed to serve a term expiring on October 1, 2018;

2. Attorney Joseph F. McDowell, III, is reappointed to serve a term expiring on October 1, 2019;

3. Attorney David H. Bradley is reappointed to serve a term expiring on October 1, 2019.

4. Mr. Thomas E. Blonski, a non-attorney, is reappointed to serve a term expiring on June 1, 2017.

Issued: November 21, 2016 ATTEST: Eileen Fox, Clerk Supreme Court of New Hampshire


Pursuant to RSA 494:1, IX, the Chief Justice reappoints Attorney John E. Durkin and Attorney Richard Y. Uchida, to the Judicial Council, to serve three-year terms commencing on January 1, 2017, and expiring on December 31, 2019. The Chief Justice also reappoints Ms. Nina Gardner and Mr. Stephen J. Reno to serve as lay members of the Judicial Council, for three-year term commencing January 1, 2017, and expiring on December 31, 2019.

Issued: November 22, 2016 ATTEST: Eileen Fox, Clerk of Court Supreme Court of New Hampshire


ADM-2016-0076
In the Matter of John Caslione

On October 20, 2016, Attorney John Caslione was ordered to appear at the New Hampshire Supreme Court for a hearing before Justice Carol Ann Conboy to show cause why he should not be suspended for failure to pay bar dues and court fees, as well as delinquency fees of $100.00 assessed for nonpayment of his bar dues and court fees. See Supreme Court Rule 42A. Attorney Caslione did not respond to the order or appear for the hearing. Justice Conboy has recommended that Attorney Caslione be suspended from the practice of law in New Hampshire.

Attorney Caslione is hereby suspended from the practice of law in New Hampshire due to his failure to comply with Rule 42A and his failure to appear for the November 14, 2016 hearing. Attorney Caslione is ordered to notify his clients in writing that he has been suspended from the practice of law in New Hampshire and to notify the Attorney Discipline Office by Wednesday, December 28, 2016 that he has completed this task. On or before Thursday, January 12, 2017, the Attorney Discipline Office shall advise the court if it believes that an attorney should be appointed to make an inventory of Attorney Caslioneís files and to take action to protect the interests of his clients.

Dalianis, C.J., and Hicks, Conboy, Lynn and Bassett, JJ., concurred.

ISSUED: November 28, 2016
ATTEST: Eileen Fox, Clerk


ADM-2016-0084
In the Matter of Donald Evans

On October 20, 2016, Attorney Donald Evans was ordered to appear at the New Hampshire Supreme Court for a hearing before Justice Carol Ann Conboy to show cause why he should not be suspended for failure to pay bar dues and court fees, as well as delinquency fees of $100.00 assessed for nonpayment of his bar dues and court fees. See Supreme Court Rule 42A. Attorney Evans did not respond to the order or appear for the hearing. Justice Conboy has recommended that Attorney Evans be suspended from the practice of law in New Hampshire.

Attorney Evans is hereby suspended from the practice of law in New Hampshire due to his failure to comply with Rule 42A and his failure to appear for the November 14, 2016 hearing. Attorney Evans is ordered to notify his clients in writing that he has been suspended from the practice of law in New Hampshire and to notify the Attorney Discipline Office by Wednesday, December 28, 2016 that he has completed this task. On or before Thursday, January 12, 2017, the Attorney Discipline Office shall advise the court if it believes that an attorney should be appointed to make an inventory of Attorney Evansí files and to take action to protect the interests of his clients.

Dalianis, C.J., and Hicks, Conboy, Lynn and Bassett, JJ., concurred.

ISSUED: November 28, 2016
ATTEST: Eileen Fox, Clerk


ADM-2016-0103
In the Matter of Stephen Jordan

On October 21, 2016, Attorney Stephen Jordan was ordered to appear at the New Hampshire Supreme Court for a hearing before Justice Carol Ann Conboy to show cause why he should not be suspended for failure to pay bar dues and court fees, as well as delinquency fees of $100.00 assessed for nonpayment of his bar dues and court fees. See Supreme Court Rule 42A. Attorney Jordan did not respond to the order or appear for the hearing. Justice Conboy has recommended that Attorney Jordan be suspended from the practice of law in New Hampshire.

Attorney Jordan is hereby suspended from the practice of law in New Hampshire due to his failure to comply with Rule 42A and his failure to appear for the November 14, 2016 hearing. Attorney Jordan is ordered to notify his clients in writing that he has been suspended from the practice of law in New Hampshire and to notify the Attorney Discipline Office by Wednesday, December 28, 2016 that he has completed this task. On or before Thursday, January 12, 2017, the Attorney Discipline Office shall advise the court if it believes that an attorney should be appointed to make an inventory of Attorney Jordanís files and to take action to protect the interests of his clients.

Dalianis, C.J., and Hicks, Conboy, Lynn and Bassett, JJ., concurred.

ISSUED: November 28, 2016
ATTEST: Eileen Fox, Clerk


ADM-2016-0112
In the Matter of Abilio Mendez

On October 21, 2016, Attorney Abilio Mendez was ordered to appear at the New Hampshire Supreme Court for a hearing before Justice Carol Ann Conboy to show cause why he should not be suspended for failure to pay bar dues and court fees, as well as delinquency fees of $100.00 assessed for nonpayment of his bar dues and court fees. See Supreme Court Rule 42A. Attorney Mendez did not respond to the order or appear for the hearing. Justice Conboy has recommended that Attorney Mendez be suspended from the practice of law in New Hampshire.

Attorney Mendez is hereby suspended from the practice of law in New Hampshire due to his failure to comply with Rule 42A and his failure to appear for the November 14, 2016 hearing. Attorney Mendez is ordered to notify his clients in writing that he has been suspended from the practice of law in New Hampshire and to notify the Attorney Discipline Office by Wednesday, December 28, 2016 that he has completed this task. On or before Thursday, January 12, 2017, the Attorney Discipline Office shall advise the court if it believes that an attorney should be appointed to make an inventory of Attorney Mendezís files and to take action to protect the interests of his clients.

Dalianis, C.J., and Hicks, Conboy, Lynn and Bassett, JJ., concurred.

ISSUED: November 28, 2016
ATTEST: Eileen Fox, Clerk


ADM-2016-0114
In the Matter of Laura Munyon

On October 24, 2016, Attorney Laura Munyon was ordered to appear at the New Hampshire Supreme Court for a hearing before Justice Carol Ann Conboy to show cause why she should not be suspended for failure to pay bar dues and court fees, as well as delinquency fees of $100.00 assessed for nonpayment of her bar dues and court fees. See Supreme Court Rule 42A. Attorney Munyon did not respond to the order or appear for the hearing. Justice Conboy has recommended that Attorney Munyon be suspended from the practice of law in New Hampshire.

Attorney Munyon is hereby suspended from the practice of law in New Hampshire due to her failure to comply with Rule 42A and his failure to appear for the November 14, 2016 hearing. Attorney Munyon is ordered to notify her clients in writing that she has been suspended from the practice of law in New Hampshire and to notify the Attorney Discipline Office by Wednesday, December 28, 2016 that she has completed this task. On or before Thursday, January 12, 2017, the Attorney Discipline Office shall advise the court if it believes that an attorney should be appointed to make an inventory of Attorney Munyonís files and to take action to protect the interests of her clients.

Dalianis, C.J., and Hicks, Conboy, Lynn and Bassett, JJ., concurred.

ISSUED: November 28, 2016
ATTEST: Eileen Fox, Clerk


ADM-2016-0120
In the Matter of Natalie Rose

On October 24, 2016, Attorney Natalie Rose was ordered to appear at the New Hampshire Supreme Court for a hearing before Justice Carol Ann Conboy to show cause why she should not be suspended for failure to pay bar dues and court fees, as well as delinquency fees of $100.00 assessed for nonpayment of her bar dues and court fees. See Supreme Court Rule 42A. Attorney Rose did not respond to the order or appear for the hearing. Justice Conboy has recommended that Attorney Rose be suspended from the practice of law in New Hampshire.

Attorney Rose is hereby suspended from the practice of law in New Hampshire due to her failure to comply with Rule 42A and his failure to appear for the November 14, 2016 hearing. Attorney Rose is ordered to notify her clients in writing that she has been suspended from the practice of law in New Hampshire and to notify the Attorney Discipline Office by Wednesday, December 28, 2016 that she has completed this task. On or before Thursday, January 12, 2017, the Attorney Discipline Office shall advise the court if it believes that an attorney should be appointed to make an inventory of Attorney Roseís files and to take action to protect the interests of her clients.

Dalianis, C.J., and Hicks, Conboy, Lynn and Bassett, JJ., concurred.

ISSUED: November 28, 2016
ATTEST: Eileen Fox, Clerk


In accordance with Supreme Court Rule 37(3)(a), the court appoints Attorney Caroline K. Leonard to the Professional Conduct Committee of the Attorney Discipline System, to serve a three-year term commencing January 1, 2017, and expiring December 31, 2019. Attorney Leonard is appointed to replace Attorney Richard Sager, whose term is expiring and who did not seek reappointment.

Issued: November 30, 2016
ATTEST:Eileen Fox, Clerk of Court
Supreme Court of New Hampshire


On July 29, 2016, the Supreme Court established the Commission on the New Hampshire Bar in the Twenty-First Century to review the status of the New Hampshire Bar Associationís structure, services, and strategic initiatives. The court directed the Commission to file a report of its findings, conclusions, and recommendations by January 17, 2017. The Commission has requested that the court extend the Commissionís deadline until June 17, 2017 so that it can fulfill the mandate assigned by the court. The Commissionís request is granted. The Commission shall file a report of its findings, conclusions, and recommendations by June 17, 2017.

Issued: November 30, 2016
ATTEST: Eileen Fox, Clerk of Court
Supreme Court of New Hampshire


ADM-2016-0083
In the Matter of Joseph Dubiansky

On October 20, 2016 and November 1, 2016, Attorney Joseph Dubiansky was ordered to appear at the New Hampshire Supreme Court for a hearing before Justice Carol Ann Conboy to show cause why he should not be suspended for failing to pay the delinquency fees of $300 assessed for late filing of his trust accounting certificate, see Supreme Court Rule 50-A, and failing to meet the NHMCLE requirements for the reporting year ending June 30, 2016 and failing to pay the delinquency fees of $300.00 assessed for noncompliance, see Supreme Court Rule 53. Attorney Dubiansky did not respond to the order or appear for the November 14, 2016 hearing. Justice Conboy has recommended that Attorney Dubiansky be suspended from the practice of law in New Hampshire.

Attorney Dubiansky is hereby suspended from the practice of law in New Hampshire due to his failure to comply with Rule 50-A and Rule 53, and his failure to appear for the November 14, 2016 hearing. Attorney Dubiansky is ordered to notify his clients in writing that he has been suspended from the practice of law in New Hampshire and to notify the Attorney Discipline Office by Thursday, December 29, 2016 that he has completed this task. On or before Friday, January 13, 2017, the Attorney Discipline Office shall advise the court if it believes that an attorney should be appointed to make an inventory of Attorney Dubianskyís files and to take action to protect the interests of his clients.

Dalianis, C.J., and Hicks, Conboy, Lynn and Bassett, JJ., concurred.

ISSUED: November 29, 2016
ATTEST: Eileen Fox, Clerk


ADM-2016-0087
In the Matter of Hollis McBurney

On October 19, 2016, Attorney Hollis McBurney was ordered to appear at the New Hampshire Supreme Court for a hearing before Justice Carol Ann Conboy to show cause why he should not be suspended for failing to pay the delinquency fees of $300 assessed for late filing of his NHMCLE certification, see Supreme Court Rule 53. Attorney McBurney did not respond to the order or appear for the November 14, 2016 hearing. Justice Conboy has recommended that Attorney McBurney be suspended from the practice of law in New Hampshire.

Attorney McBurney is hereby suspended from the practice of law in New Hampshire due to his failure to pay the delinquency fee assessed pursuant to Rule 53, and his failure to appear for the November 14, 2016 hearing as ordered. Attorney McBurney is ordered to notify his clients in writing that he has been suspended from the practice of law in New Hampshire and to notify the Attorney Discipline Office by Thursday, December 29, 2016 that he has completed this task. On or before Friday, January 13, 2017, the Attorney Discipline Office shall advise the court if it believes that an attorney should be appointed to make an inventory of Attorney McBurneyís files and to take action to protect the interests of his clients.

ISSUED: November 29, 2016
ATTEST: Eileen Fox, Clerk


ADM-2016-0090
In the Matter of Mark Tremblay

On October 19, 2016, Attorney Mark Tremblay was ordered to appear at the New Hampshire Supreme Court for a hearing before Justice Carol Ann Conboy to show cause why he should not be suspended for failing to pay the delinquency fees of $100 assessed for late payment of his bar dues and court fees, see Supreme Court Rule 42A, and failing to pay the delinquency fees of $300.00 assessed for late filing of his trust accounting certificate, see Supreme Court Rule 50-A. Attorney Tremblay did not respond to the order or appear for the November 14, 2016 hearing. Justice Conboy has recommended that Attorney Tremblay be suspended from the practice of law in New Hampshire.

Attorney Mark Tremblay is hereby suspended from the practice of law in New Hampshire due to his failure to comply with Rule 42A and Rule 53, and his failure to appear for the November 14, 2016 hearing. Attorney Tremblay is ordered to notify his clients in writing that he has been suspended from the practice of law in New Hampshire and to notify the Attorney Discipline Office by Thursday, December 29, 2016 that he has completed this task. On or before Friday, January 13, 2017, the Attorney Discipline Office shall advise the court if it believes that an attorney should be appointed to make an inventory of Attorney Tremblayís files and to take action to protect the interests of his clients.

ISSUED: November 29, 2016
ATTEST: Eileen Fox, Clerk


ADM-2016-0096
In the Matter of Joseph Galanes

On October 20, 2016, Attorney Joseph Galanes was ordered to appear at the New Hampshire Supreme Court for a hearing before Justice Carol Ann Conboy to show cause why he should not be suspended for failing to meet the NHMCLE requirements for the reporting year ending June 30, 2016 and failing to pay the delinquency fee of $250.00 assessed for noncompliance, see Supreme Court Rule 53. Attorney Galanes did not respond to the order or appear for the November 14, 2016 hearing. Justice Conboy has recommended that Attorney Galanes be suspended from the practice of law in New Hampshire.

Attorney Joseph Galanes is hereby suspended from the practice of law in New Hampshire due to his failure to comply with Rule 53, and his failure to appear for the November 14, 2016 hearing. Attorney Galanes is ordered to notify his clients in writing that he has been suspended from the practice of law in New Hampshire and to notify the Attorney Discipline Office by [30 days] that he has completed this task. On or before [45 days], the Attorney Discipline Office shall advise the court if it believes that an attorney should be appointed to make an inventory of Attorney Galanesí files and to take action to protect the interests of his clients.

Dalianis, C.J., and Hicks, Conboy, Lynn and Bassett, JJ., concurred.

ISSUED: November 29, 2016
ATTEST: Eileen Fox, Clerk


ADM-2016-0126
In the Matter of Steven Saunders

On October 25, 2016, Attorney Steven Saunders was ordered to appear at the New Hampshire Supreme Court for a hearing before Justice Carol Ann Conboy to show cause why he should not be suspended for the following:

1. Bar Dues and Court Fees - Attorney Saunders has not paid his 2016/2017 bar dues or court fees and has not paid the delinquency fees of $100 assessed for nonpayment. See Supreme Court Rule 42A.

2. Trust Accounting Certification - Attorney Saunders has not completed an annual trust accounting certification, as required by Supreme Court Rule 50-A, and has not paid the delinquency fees of $300 assessed for noncompliance.

3. NHMCLE Certification - Attorney Saunders has not met the NHMCLE requirements of Supreme Court Rule 53 for the reporting year ending June 30, 2016, and has not paid the delinquency fees of $300 assessed for noncompliance.

Attorney Saunders did not respond to the order or appear for the November 14, 2016 hearing. Justice Conboy has recommended that Attorney Saunders be suspended from the practice of law in New Hampshire.

Attorney Steven Saunders is hereby suspended from the practice of law in New Hampshire due to his failure to comply with Rule 42A, Rule 50-A and Rule 53, and his failure to appear for the November 14, 2016 hearing. Attorney Saunders is ordered to notify his clients in writing that he has been suspended from the practice of law in New Hampshire and to notify the Attorney Discipline Office by Thursday, December 29, 2016 that he has completed this task. On or before Friday, January 13, 2017, the Attorney Discipline Office shall advise the court if it believes that an attorney should be appointed to make an inventory of Attorney Saundersí files and to take action to protect the interests of his clients.

Dalianis, C.J., and Hicks, Conboy, Lynn and Bassett, JJ., concurred.

ISSUED: November 29, 2016
ATTEST: Eileen Fox, Clerk


In accordance with Supreme Court Rule 37(5)(a), the court appoints Stephen A. Bartlett to the Complaint Screening Committee, to serve the remainder of a three-year term expiring December 31, 2017.

Mr. Bartlett is appointed to replace Mr. Jules J. Brayman, who has resigned from the committee due to other commitments.

December 1, 2016
ATTEST: Eileen Fox, Clerk of Court
Supreme Court of New Hampshire


In accordance with RSA 21-P:64, I(b), Supreme Court Chief Justice Linda S. Dalianis appoints Circuit Court Judge Edwin W. Kelly to serve as the judicial member of the Traffic Safety Commission established by RSA chapter 21-P:64.

Issued: December 7, 2016
ATTEST: Eileen Fox, Clerk of Court
Supreme Court of New Hampshire


ADM-2016-0085
In the Matter of Caroline Vincent

On October 20, 2016, Attorney Caroline Vincent was ordered to appear at the New Hampshire Supreme Court for a hearing before Justice Carol Ann Conboy to show cause why she should not be suspended for failing to pay the delinquency fees assessed for late payment of her bar dues and court fees by October 1, 2016. See Supreme Court Rule 42A. Attorney Vincent did not respond to the order or appear for the hearing. Justice Conboy has recommended that Attorney Vincent be suspended from the practice of law in New Hampshire.

Attorney Caroline Vincent is hereby suspended from the practice of law in New Hampshire due to her failure to appear for the November 14, 2016 hearing. Attorney Vincent is ordered to notify her clients in writing that she has been suspended from the practice of law in New Hampshire and to notify the Attorney Discipline Office by January 11, 2017 that she has completed this task. On or before January 26, 2017, the Attorney Discipline Office shall advise the court if it believes that an attorney should be appointed to make an inventory of Attorney Vincentís files and to take action to protect the interests of her clients.

ISSUED: December 12, 2016
ATTEST: Eileen Fox, Clerk

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