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Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Public Reprimand No. 2004-005



Lawrence L. Hale

Order (public reprimand) entered by the Board April 26, 2004.

SUMMARY1


In January 2001, the respondent hired a paralegal with knowledge of immigration matters to assist him in developing his immigration practice. At that time, the respondent and the paralegal entered into an oral employment contract. The contract provided, in part, that the paralegal would be entitled to 25% of the total flat fee paid by any client that he brought to the firm. The respondent and the paralegal shared fees in accordance with this formula in approximately ten cases.

The respondentís conduct in sharing a fee with a nonlawyer, as described above, was in violation of Mass. R. Prof. C. 5.4(a).

In aggravation, the respondent received an admonition in 1997 for maintaining a commingled IOLTA account. AD 97-12, 13 Mass. Att'y Disc. R. 885 (1997).

This matter came before the Board on a stipulation of facts and disciplinary violations and a joint recommendation for discipline by public reprimand. On April 12, 2004, the Board of Bar Overseers voted to adopt the partiesí stipulation and proposed sanction and imposed a public reprimand.

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



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