State Suspends Salisbury Lawyer License | Local News
SALISBURY – The state suspended a local attorney’s license for a year after it failed to file a review petition for two clients in criminal cases.
Michelle Lee Brennan, who listed a PO box at 6 Elm Street as her address, was suspended on Jan. 22 from her right to practice law for a year and a day because she did not return the fees not won to one of its clients; made false statements to another; did not cooperate with lawyers from the State Council of Bar Supervisors; and continued to practice law while under administrative suspension, according to the council.
Brennan was negligent in three criminal cases, according to the state. The first case involved a criminal defense client Brennan represented in post-conviction cases.
State records indicate that Brennan told her client that she would file a motion for a new trial but never did, while also telling the client that she had filed it.
Brennan also told the board that she filed the motion for a new trial but never turned her files over to the state or the client’s next attorney after her dismissal.
The board also said Brennan told a second client that she would file a motion for a new trial after agreeing to a $ 20,000 package including a $ 5,000 retainer.
Client’s cousin eventually paid Brennan $ 6,500, which was not refunded after lawyer was fired from the case because she never filed a motion for a new trial, according to the state .
Brennan also represented a third defendant who was convicted of several crimes and sent to jail for 12 to 15 years.
Brennan never contacted the client’s next attorneys and did not disclose the client’s file for several months, according to the state.
The board said Brennan continued to practice law and appeared in several courts after being administratively suspended by the Supreme Judicial Court on January 5, 2018. Her license was reinstated in February 2018, but was again administratively suspended after not cooperating in an investigation. of his conduct in November 2019.
The board then suspended Brennan’s license for one year and one day on January 22, 2021. She must reimburse her clients before being reinstated.
Brennan could not be reached for comment on Monday.
Editor-in-chief Jim Sullivan covers Amesbury and Salisbury for The Daily News. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or by phone at 978-961-3145. Follow him on Twitter @ndnsully.