Attorney, disbarred from Maine's state courts, won't be practicing in its federal courts, either
LEWISTON, Maine: Charles Williams was disbarred from practicing law in Maine's state courts in 2004. After being admitted to the Maine bar in 1999, Williams was disbarred after two days of hearings in 2004 during which the Maine Supreme Judicial Court heard 28 complaints filed against Williams by former clients. The complaints ranged from charging excessive fees and failing to return phone calls to forcing a client into unwanted sexual activities.
The Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection eventually paid $24,275 to settle 10 claims against Williams.
After a stint in Georgia, where he received a teaching certificate that was later revoked when the state learned that he had lied on his application, Williams took up residence in Massachusetts and, in September 2010, applied to be admitted to practice in Maine's federal courts.
However, on April 11, 2011, U.S. District Court John Woodcock denied the petition from Williams. In the denial, Woodcock said that he was concerned about whether Williams understands the law well enough to properly represent clients and also that in order to be admitted to the federal bar to try federal cases in Maine, an attorney must be a member in good standing of Maine's state bar.