Board of Overseers of the Bar v. William C. Leonard, Esq.

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Docket No.: BAR-18-14

Issued by: Maine Supreme Judicial Court

Date: February 1, 2019

Respondent: William C. Leonard, Esq.

Bar Number: 002238

Order: Reprimand

Disposition/Conduct: Reciprocal Discipline

M. Bar R. 26(e)

William C. Leonard was admitted to the Maine bar in 1980. In September 2018, the Board received certified confirmation that the Massachusetts Supreme Court issued an August 22, 2018 Public Reprimand against Attorney Leonard. The Court’s imposition of that Reprimand was based upon Attorney Leonard’s violations of Mass. R. Prof. C. 1.15(b)(l) and 1.15(f)(l)(B)-(E).

The Court notes that Attorney Leonard’s professional conduct violations included depositing advanced fee payments to a non-trust money market account and failing to make and maintain all the records required for his IOLTA account. In this jurisdiction, Attorney Leonard’s misconduct would constitute analogous violations of Maine Rules of Professional Conduct l.15(b)(l)(2). Bar Counsel served this Court’s September 24, 2018 Order to Show Cause pursuant to M. Bar R. 15, by mailing it to Attorney Leonard’s address as shown on his most recent Maine bar registration pursuant to M. Bar R. 4. Attorney Leonard has failed to respond to the Court’s Order to Show Cause within 30 days of service of that Order upon him.

WHEREFORE, based upon the above rule violations, the Court finds that reciprocal discipline in Maine is warranted. Accordingly, the Court ORDERS that William C. Leonard, Esq. is hereby publicly REPRIMANDED.

Dated: February 1, 2019

E. Mary Kelly
Judge, Maine District Court
Sitting as Single Justice by designation