PORTLAND, Maine — The board that oversees lawyers has asked the state’s highest court to find that a Bowdoinham lawyer acted improperly on several cases and should be disciplined.
The Maine Board of Overseers filed its complaint on April 16 with the Maine Supreme Judicial Court seeking action against Andrews Campbell. The case has been assigned to Justice Donald Alexander, but no hearing date has been scheduled, according to the court clerk.
The Maine Board of Overseers alleges in documents filed with the court that Campbell acted in a manner unworthy of a lawyer.
Campbell’s attorney, Justin Andrus of Brunswick, said Campbell is looking forward to a hearing before the court so he can respond to these allegations. He said many of the allegations are either incorrect or taken out of context.
“We are confident at the hearing that the court will see that the actions taken were serving the best interest of his clients,” Andrus said.
In one complaint filed in September 2012, Campbell is accused of a conflict of interest in drafting wills for Mildred MacComb of Pittston in which he was named a beneficiary. He is also accused of exercising undue influence over MacComb and generally improperly handling her estate planning.
Campbell served as her attorney beginning in 2004 and continuing until her death at age 82 in November 2010. During much of that time, MacComb suffered from delusions and dementia and therefore lacked the mental capacity to make important life decisions, according to the Maine Board of Overseers.
The board argues that Campbell acted with complete disregard to multiple conflicts of interests. This included a will that bequeathed MacComb’s sheep and 2 acres to Campbell.
The board also found that Campbell introduced MacComb in late 2005 or early 2006 to a convicted sex offender and arranged for that man to serve as her caretaker.
In October 2006, MacComb and her power of attorney terminated Campbell as her attorney. Campbell filed a motion with the court saying she needed a guardian ad litem or conservator to protect her interests because of her mental infirmities, according to the board’s information. He then resumed representing the woman without seeking the appointment of a third party to protect her interests.
MacComb was hospitalized because of an altered mental status in November 2007, and while in the hospital, Campbell drafted and presided over the execution of another will for the woman in which she left her property to the sex offender who had been a client of Campbell.
In another complaint, filed in February 2011, Campbell is accused of a conflict of interest in representing Matthew Fleury on criminal charges while at the same time arranging to have him borrow $12,000 and sign a promissory note for the money to two of Campbell’s other clients.
Campbell is accused of then filing a false document with the court stating that Fleury had no money when he knew his client had borrowed the $12,000. He then represented the other two clients in seeking to get the money repaid by Fleury.
The board further alleges that Campbell either inadvertently or intentionally misled Wanda Moulton and Phyllis Moulton on documents they signed that were a promissory note to help Fleury pay for Campbell’s legal fees.
Campbell was admitted to the Maine bar in 1972, but was suspended and then disbarred from practice from 1987 through 1999 after being convicted in 1987 in U.S. District Court of possessing with intent to distribute marijuana.