PORTLAND, Maine — The panel of lawyers who in January found there was probable cause to suspend or disbar prominent midcoast-area lawyer Philip Cohen has submitted its recommendation to the state’s highest court.

The Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar filed its complaint against Cohen on March 26, according to Board Executive Director Jacqueline Rogers. The clerk at the Maine Supreme Judicial Court said Tuesday that the case has not yet been assigned to a justice nor has a hearing been scheduled.

A single justice of the state high court will decide whether disciplinary action should be taken against Cohen, likely after another hearing is held.

The 45-year-old defense lawyer from Waldoboro was sentenced in October to 30 days in jail for disorderly conduct and violating a condition of release. Cohen originally was charged with domestic violence assault against his wife last year but reached an agreement to have those charges dropped in a process known as deferred disposition. That agreement was violated, however, after police said Cohen contacted his wife.

During a public disciplinary hearing in December in Waterville, an attorney for the board of overseers argued that Cohen’s repeated violation of a court order forbidding him to contact his wife was so egregious that his case should be referred to a supreme court justice to decide whether the Waldoboro lawyer should be suspended or disbarred.

Cohen’s attorney countered that his client had served a “de facto suspension” when he served 23 days in jail, with seven days off for good behavior, of a 30-day sentence for violating the terms of his deferred disposition. Walter McKee of Augusta urged the panel to issue a reprimand rather than seek a more severe punishment.

The grievance committee of the board of overseers issued its recommendation in January to file the complaint and have a high court justice determine Cohen’s fate.

Cohen has represented defendants in several high-profile cases including six murder cases during the past six years as well as a widely publicized Matinicus shooting case stemming from a lobstering dispute.