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Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Public Reprimand No. 2003-10



IN RE: THOMAS P. LEWIS, JR.

Order (public reprimand) entered by the Board July 18, 2003.

SUMMARY1


During the years 1993 and 1994, Respondent was certified by the Committee for Public Counsel Services ("CPCS") to represent indigent defendants in certain courts of the Commonwealth and to represent children and adults in non-criminal juvenile court proceedings. For fiscal year 1994 (i.e. July 1, 1993 to June 30, 1994) Respondent submitted bills to CPCS for 2785.5 hours of services to children and parents in non-criminal proceedings. He was paid $91,23.75 by CPCS for this work.

The fees charged to CPCS and collected by the respondent for correspondence and for reviewing case files in fiscal year 1994 were clearly excessive within the meaning of Canon 2, DR 2-106(B). (See Lewis v. Committee for Public Counsel Services, 50 Mass. App. Ct. 319 (2000)).

By charging to and collecting from CPCS a clearly excessive fee for his legal services, the respondent violated Canon 2, DR 2-106(A).

The matter came before the Board of Bar Overseers on an agreed recommendation for discipline by public reprimand based on a stipulation of the parties. On July 14, 2003, the Board of Bar Overseers voted to administer a public reprimand to the respondent.

1 Compiled by the Board of Bar Overseers based on the record of proceedings before the Board.



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