On Wednesday, November 8, 2023, the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers issued a public reprimand to attorney Vincent P. Loccisano for violating the Massachusetts Rules of Professional Conduct. The reprimand was issued after Loccisano stipulated the facts and admitted to engaging in fraudulent conduct in a real estate transaction.

The case is entitled “Bar Counsel v. Vincent P. Loccisano,” with case no. 2023-13.

The charges cited Massachusetts Rules of Professional Conduct 8.4(c) and 8.4(h) which states:

A Lawyer shall not engage in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation.

A Lawyer shall not engage in conduct reflecting adversely on his or her fitness to practice law.

The Rules of Professional Conduct can be found here.

According to the stipulation, Loccisano, who was acting in his personal capacity and not as counsel for a party, made false statements to a seller in a real estate transaction. He offered to buy the seller’s one-third interest in an abutting parcel for $5,000, but the seller refused, citing a “handshake” agreement they had made with Loccisano to sell the interest for $29,500. Over the next four years, Loccisano made additional offers to purchase the one-third interest, all of which were declined.

In August 2020, Loccisano falsely told the seller that there was an abandoned rusty oil tank on the parcel and that the seller was responsible for one-third of the cost of its removal. He followed this with further false statements, including that the tank may have caused contamination and that the cost to the seller to remediate would be $2,000-$3,000. Loccisano also produced a stock image of an oil tank from the internet and claimed it was a photo of the tank on the neighboring land.

The Board of Bar Overseers found that Loccisano’s conduct was in violation of the Rules of Professional Conduct and issued a public reprimand. The Board noted that while Loccisano’s conduct did not result in harm to the victim, it was a serious and brazen violation of the rules. The Board also noted that similar conduct in the future could result in a license suspension.

The Disposition states:

“Whereupon, pursuant to Supreme Judicial Court Rule 4:01, Section 8(3), and the Rules of the Board of Bar Overseers, Section 3.56, it is ORDERED AND ADJUDGED that Vincent P. Loccisano, be and hereby is PUBLICLY REPRIMANDED.”

According to avvo.com, Mr. Loccisano is an attorney in Wellesley, Massachusetts. She attended Suffolk University. He acquired his law license in Massachusetts in 2002.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.