Even after attorney Porter was DISBARRED - he is still showing up in court proceedings. What is it going to take to get him to stop.
Massachusetts: Disbarred Holliston lawyer Andrew Porter accused of practicing divorce mediation
The complaint was filed March 9, but the Holliston resident in question, Andrew Porter, said he closed the Water Street-based MetroWest Divorce Mediation in November.
HOLLISTON – A disbarred Holliston lawyer is accused of offering divorce mediation services despite having no license, according to a memorandum released earlier this month by the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers.
The complaint was filed March 9, but the Holliston resident in question, Andrew Porter, said he closed the Water Street-based MetroWest Divorce Mediation practice last fall, months before his alleged infraction.
“I don’t mediate anymore,” Porter said. “We closed the location in November.”
It’s possible his name appeared on the paperwork of a former client in court, he said, triggering the complaint. That was his only client, he said.
“I liked mediating,” Porter said. “I never intended for that to be full-time, (and) never intended to disobey any orders.”
He’s working to remove his website from the internet, he said. A phone number listed on the website is disconnected.
The state disbarred Porter on March 2, following accusations of financial misconduct totaling more than $400,000, according to the Board of Bar Overseers. That included billing his former firm and clients for personal expenses, intentional misuse of client trust account funds, and keeping a client’s retainer instead of giving it to his firm.
Porter was temporarily suspended from the bar in October 2015, while the investigation was underway. The March decision was retroactive to October. Porter was admitted to the bar in December 1988.
The June memorandum includes a notice of contempt issued in May. The notice orders Porter to cease divorce mediation activities, as well as any associated marketing, and to tell clients that he is disbarred.
He’s also can’t be reinstated as a lawyer until 2024, according to the notice.
Porter said he doesn’t plan to fight the decision, and doesn’t intend to practice law in the future.
“Because I was not looking to reapply (to practice law), there was no reason to incur legal costs and everything else to fight it,” he said.
A list of accomplishments on the MetroWest Divorce Mediation website includes a handful of family law awards, as well as his involvement in Project Just Because and Celebrate Holliston, his 2012 Holliston Citizen of the Year award, and his four-time chairmanship of the 495 Corridor Partnership.
He was also a Holliston selectman for 12 years, according to Daily News archives.
It is unclear if further penalties have been added after the June order of contempt. A call to the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers was not returned.
Source: The Metro West Daily News