For Immediate Release
October 4, 2012
James T. Boffetti, Senior Assistant Attorney General
Consumer Protection and Antitrust Bureau
Attorney General Michael A. Delaney announces that the Merrimack County Superior Court has granted the State's Motion for Injunctive Relief against George E. Kersey. The Court's order permanently enjoins Kersey from rendering, offering to render or holding himself out as rendering any service which constitutes the unauthorized practice of law within the State, including the representation of clients within the State for a fee, preparing legal pleadings for clients to be filed in any court in this State and/or providing legal advice to any client for a matter to heard in any adjudicatory proceeding in this State.
In February 2012, the Attorney Discipline Office (ADO) of the New Hampshire Supreme Court made a referral to the Office of the Attorney General regarding the unauthorized practice of law by Kersey. The ADO acted upon a complaint filed with that office from the United States Department of Justice, Office of Professional Responsibility. That complaint alleged that Kersey represented a client in a matter before the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire. Further investigation indicated that Kersey was also providing legal advice to a client who has cases in State courts. Kersey is listed on internet websites as having an office in Meredith, New Hampshire with an active New Hampshire phone number.
In 1991, the Respondent was found to be in contempt of court in the State of Vermont for willful violations of court orders. In 2001, New Hampshire suspended Kersey's license to practice based on a petition for reciprocal discipline. In 2002, the New Hampshire Supreme Court held Kersey in contempt for refusing to comply with court orders to turn over his client files and for his continued practice of law. Kersey was disbarred from the practice of law in the State of New Hampshire in 2004. The New Hampshire Supreme Court noted that Kersey's conduct indicated a contempt for the entire judicial system. His license to practice in the United States District Court, New Hampshire District was subsequently suspended as a matter of reciprocity.
Attorney General Delaney stated, "My office will continue to work with the Attorney Discipline Office to aggressively investigate and prosecute those who practice law in this State without a license, and especially those who continue to practice after having been suspended or disbarred by the Supreme Court. Citizens have a right to expect that individuals who offer their services as attorneys are qualified and properly licensed and will comply with the rules of professional conduct that all lawyers must follow."
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