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Commonwealth of Massachusetts

NO. BD-2002-078

IN RE: JAMES JOSEPH MCLAUGHLIN

S.J.C. Judgment of Disbarment entered by Justice Greaney on April 23, 2003.1

SUMMARY2

On September 26, 2002, the Oregon Supreme Court disbarred the respondent for misconduct in the representation of eleven different clients. Among other things, the respondent neglected the clients’ cases, causing several of the cases to be dismissed; failed to keep the clients apprised of important developments in the cases, including that they had been dismissed; caused sanctions and fees to be assessed against certain clients; failed to notify one client of his suspension for failure to pay his Professional Liability Fund assessment and failed to withdraw from the case after suspension; and failed to cooperate with the bar discipline investigation. The lawyer also failed to appear in the bar discipline proceedings. In re McLaughlin, 334 Or. 628, 54 P.3d 123 (Or. 2002).

The respondent failed to notify the Board of Bar Overseers and bar counsel of his disbarment, thereby violating S. J. C. Rule 4:01, § 16(6). The bar counsel learned of the respondent’s disbarment from other sources. On November 22, 2002, bar counsel filed a petition for reciprocal discipline. The Supreme Judicial Court for Suffolk County issued an order of notice to the respondent on December 4, 2002, directing the respondent to file a response within thirty days to the petition for reciprocal discipline. The respondent did not file a response or otherwise participate in the reciprocal discipline proceedings.

On March 27, 2003, the parties were notified that a hearing would be held in the county court on April 15, 2003. The respondent did not appear at this hearing. On April 23, 2003, the county court entered a judgment of disbarment.

1 The complete Order of the Court is available by contacting the Clerk of the Supreme Judicial Court for Suffolk County.

2 Compiled by the Board of Bar Overseers based on the record before the Court.



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