A disciplinary case related to misconduct charges brought against six Verrill Dana attorneys related to the John Duncan case has been dismissed.
Maine Supreme Judicial Court Justice Donald Alexander on Friday dismissed the ethics charges against the six attorneys, but issued them a warning, according to the Portland Press Herald. The attorneys -- David Warren, the firm's managing partner, and James Kilbreth III, Eric Altholz, Mark Googins, Roger Clement Jr. and Juliet Browne -- made up the firm's executive committee at the time that Duncan stole $300,000 from clients and the firm. The judgment follows the court's December ruling that the attorneys did not do enough to deter unethical behavior at the firm, violating an ethics rule that requires partners to make reasonable efforts to enact policies to ensure lawyers act responsibly.
The Maine Board of Oversees of the Bar had appealed a lower court's decision that cleared them of wrongdoing, and had sought an official reprimand instead of a warning, according to the paper.