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Posted by a Criminal Defense client,
I hired Attorney Milliard for my son. He was dependable, reliable and extremely knowledgeable. I always felt he had my son's best interest at heart and that he got the best deal possible for him. I hope that we never have a situation that we need a criminal defense lawyer again. But, if we do, I would hire him without hesitation.
Posted by a client,
One important thing anyone should expect from an attorney – especially when you’re paying in the neighborhood of about $200 per hour – is “confidentiality”, a.k.a. Attorney-Client Privilege. Fair or unfair, right or wrong, it’s a necessary facet of the American legal system that lawyers – a.k.a. “Officers of the Court” – are bound and REQUIRED to follow and respect. Attorneys who choose to do otherwise, deserve to be publicly “called out” and identified.
Atty. Roland Milliard of Dracut recently violated this sacred trust when he willingly represented a client who was suing one of his “former” clients.
Among other things, that former client openly disclosed their Social Security Number back then, along with at least a half dozen different confidential discussions under the guise of, “Free Initial Consultation” with Milliard. Incidentally, just for the record here, the former client in question paid Atty. Milliard’s bill at that time, in full, in a timely fashion.
Here’s what the Mass. Rules of Professional Conduct states on this subject:
“RULE 1.7 CONFLICT OF INTEREST: GENERAL RULE
(a) A lawyer shall not represent a client if the representation of that client will be directly adverse to another client, unless:
(1) the lawyer reasonably believes the representation will not adversely affect the relationship with the other client; and
(2) each client consents after consultation.”
Well, not only did this lawsuit against the former client “adversely affect” them, the former client NEVER consented or gave Atty. Milliard their permission to be sued. Ironically, in their very last face-to-face encounter back in ‘99, Atty. Milliard immediately interrupted this former client in their initial statement and said, “Excuse me, before you say another word here, let me just say, I can’t represent you in this case – I’d be in ‘CONFLICT OF INTEREST’ if I do that.” Wow, can you say, “hypocrite”? How about, “shyster attorney”?
Also, if Roland Milliard blatantly broke the ethical rules of being an Attorney even once, wouldn't you assume he’s committed similar type violations before in his 20-plus year career? If former clients were screwed over by Atty. Milliard in the past, how bold do you suppose they’d be to try to bring this lawyer to justice? I tend to believe this is NOT an isolated incident.
Enter Milliard’s track record on “high profile” cases:
In the past 15 years, Milliard has represented about three (3) different Dracut cops who each sued the town over their respective department’s promotion system, and a Dracut resident who sued the town after he was arrested for holding an over-sized political sign at a public intersection and claimed his First Amendment rights were blatantly violated. Each one of these cases was either thrown out of court or wound up in a loss.
I would guestimate that his batting average on “high profile” cases, along with his current case representing a former Dracut School Committee member accused of allegedly stealing gas from his former employer – the Lowell Water Department (the Prosecution's main witness in that one is a video surveillance camera) – is around .000 .
What this guy lacks in "lawyer savvy", he truly makes up for in bullBLEEP. With Milliard's track record of screwing up high profile cases, why would anyone with at least a half a brain want this guy to represent them in a legal matter. As it states in the Biblical book of 1 Corinthians, "if a man (or woman) be ignorant, let him (or her) be ignorant."
Bottom Line: Would YOU want to confide your personal and confidential legal concerns to an attorney like Roland Milliard – knowing he could (AND DEFINITELY WOULD) circumvent Attorney-Client privilege and then represent an adversarial individual who may sue YOU several years from now? Count on it!
Posted by a Criminal Defense client,
Never called back, or contacted me on important issues. I beleive works with the prosecutor. Pushes me to do things with the case that will only hurt me. Refuses to even look at your case untill 2 weeks befor the trial. Late to every court date if he even shows up at all.