On Thursday, August 24, 2022, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court suspended Caribou attorney Dan P. Umphrey for the unauthorized practice of law.

The case is styled ‘Board of Overseers of the Bar vs. Dan P. Umphrey,’ with case no. BAR-23-11.

The charges cited Maine Rules of Professional Conduct, Rule 5.5, 8.4(a), (b), (c), and (d), and 8.1(b).

The case stems from Umphrey’s actions, where he knowingly represented himself as a licensed attorney and conducted legal work, even though he was administratively suspended from practicing law on or about July 13, 2022. He also billed the Maine Commission for Indigent Legal Services for legal work he had undertaken while under suspension. Umphrey further failed to respond to lawful demands for information and lacked cooperation during the disciplinary investigation.

Based on thorough analysis and considering the American Bar Association (ABA) Standards for Imposing Lawyer Sanctions and relevant Maine Bar Rules, the court deemed the factual allegations and misconduct admitted. Consequently, the court imposed a one-year suspension.

The suspension serves as a sanction for his unauthorized practice of law, misrepresentation, dishonesty, and interference with the legal system.

The Order states:

“The sanction for Dan P. Umphrey’s misconduct is his immediate suspension from the practice of law for a period of one full year.”

To seek reinstatement after the suspension period, Umphrey must satisfy outstanding awards, reimburse the Maine Commission for Indigent Legal Services (MCILS), and meet the requirements of reinstatement under the Maine Bar Rules.

Umphrey is listed as a general practice attorney at Caribou, Maine. He has been licensed in Maine. His info can be found on Avvo.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.