On January 3, 2024, the Supreme Judicial Court for Suffolk County affirmed the disbarment of attorney James Hayes.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of James Hayes” with case number BD-2022-055.

On November 10, 2023, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts upheld the disbarment of attorney James Hayes in the case titled ‘In the Matter of James Hayes’ (case no. SJC-13388). Hayes was accused of aiding his client in a complex lottery winnings concealment scheme in violation of court orders.

The case unfolded when, in 2013, Hayes represented a lottery-winning client facing child support disputes. Allegedly, Hayes orchestrated a scheme involving false claims about lottery winnings belonging to the client’s brother, setting up secret trust accounts, making false court statements, and filing a frivolous bankruptcy petition.

After a five-day hearing, a committee found Hayes guilty of professional misconduct, citing intentional assistance in fraud, obstructing evidence access, disobeying court orders, and excessive fees. The Board of Bar Overseers recommended disbarment, emphasizing Hayes’ lack of remorse and exploitation of the client. Despite an appeal by Hayes, the Supreme Judicial Court upheld the disbarment, noting substantial evidence of fraud and greed.

The January 3 judgment, succinctly stated as “Judgment affirmed,” underscores the court’s unwavering stance on the disciplinary measures taken against Hayes.

According to Avvo, Mr. Hayes was a tax attorney based in Boston, Massachusetts. He attended the Boston College Law School, graduating in 1971. He obtained his law license in Massachusetts in the same year.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.