Summary of Six Month Suspension
With Three Months Stayed with Conditions For Two Years
(effective April 1, 2010)
On January 19, 2010, the Professional Conduct Committee deliberated this complaint against Lenora F. Boehm, Esquire, and issued a six month suspension with three months stayed for two years, with the stayed three months not to be imposed if the Respondent meets certain conditions during that two year period. The parties stipulated to the facts, and rule violations of Rule 8.1(b): Failure to Cooperate, and 8.4(a): Misconduct. The parties also stipulated that Ms. Boehm would pay all costs of the investigation and prosecution of this matter.
Kimberly Frederickson filed a complaint with the Attorney Discipline Office (ADO) against Ms. Boehm, alleging misconduct stemming from Ms. Boehm’s representation of her ex-husband. The matter was docketed and Ms. Boehm was asked to respond to a letter dated December 11, 2008, from the ADO, to which Ms. Boehm did not respond. The ADO sent a second letter on January 13, 2009, and the Complaint Screening Committee sent a third letter on February 13, 2009, informing her that the complaint was being referred to Disciplinary Counsel for further action on both the failure to respond to a disciplinary authority and on the merits of the complaint. Ms. Boehm took no action until she filed her answer on July 13, 2009.
Ms. Boehm’s failure to respond to the ADO’s correspondence represents a knowing failure to respond to a lawful demand for information from a disciplinary authority, a violation of N.H. Supreme Court Rule 37A(II)(a)(5)(C). In view of the seriousness of Ms. Boehm’s misconduct and her prior recent and lengthy disciplinary record, it is the Committee’s view that the public can be protected, public confidence in the Bar can be maintained, and the integrity of the legal profession can be preserved only through Ms. Boehm’s suspension with conditions.
This matter is of public record, and available for inspection at the New Hampshire Supreme Court Attorney Discipline Office, 4 Chenell Drive, Suite 102, Concord, New Hampshire 03301.