On Wednesday, May 31, 2023, the State of New Hampshire Supreme Court disbarred attorney Lisa A. Wellman-Ally for mishandling client funds.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Lisa A. Wellman-Ally,” with case no. LD-2023-0006.

Attorney Lisa A. Wellman-Ally was suspended for dishonesty by the New Hampshire Supreme Court Professional Conduct Committee on February 21, 2023. The Attorney Disciplinary Office (ADO) accused her of mishandling client funds, leading to discrepancies of $13,831.36 and $5,790.19 in trust accounts. Her misleading communication about these amounts to third parties raised concerns about the potential commingling of funds.

The report states:

“The petition stated that the misconduct of the respondent poses an immediate and substantial threat of serious harm to the public or the integrity of the legal profession. Thus, ordering that the respondent be suspended from the practice of law. The court-appointed attorney Andrea Q. Labonte, ADO Assistant General Counsel to take immediate possession of the client files and trust and other fiduciary accounts of the respondent. Moreover, Attorney Wellman-Ally is ordered to cooperate with Attorney Labonte in performing the tasks as directed by the court.”

In relation to this, on April 27, 2023, the Professional Conduct Committee (PCC) recommended the disbarment of attorney Wellman-Ally. This recommendation was based on a stipulation signed by the same and the Disciplinary Counsel, where Wellman-Ally admitted to violating multiple Rules of Professional Conduct and agreed to disbarment as the appropriate punishment. Wellman-Ally waived her procedural rights under Supreme Court Rules 37 and 37A. The stipulation revealed her admission of the abovementioned misconduct.

Based on these admissions, the court decided to disbar Wellman-Ally on May 31, 2023, considering the seriousness of her misconduct. The court also ordered her to pay the expenses incurred by the PCC during the investigation and prosecution of the case.

The Disposition states:

“THEREFORE, the court orders that Lisa A. Wellman-Ally be disbarred from the practice of law in New Hampshire. In accordance with her “Agreement to Pay Costs Of Disciplinary Matter,” she is hereby assessed all expenses incurred by the PCC in the investigation and prosecution Of this matter.”

Before her disbarment, Ms. Wellman-Ally practiced in Newport, New Hampshire, and held a valid license in the state. Ms. Wellman-Ally’s info can be found on Wellman-Ally.com.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.