On Monday, November 28, 2022, the Disciplinary Counsel filed charges for attorney discipline against attorney John Taylor over dishonesty. The case is entitled “Disciplinary Counsel v. John Taylor” and is being heard by the Board of Professional Conduct of the Supreme Court of Ohio. Case #2022-048.

The charges cite rules of professional conduct 8.4 which state: 

It is professional misconduct for a lawyer to engage in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misinterpretation.

As background on February 2004, the respondent downloaded images of two minors from a stock photo website. The respondent digitally manipulated the images to make it appear that the minors were engaged in sexually explicit acts. In April 2004, the respondent used the images when he testified as a defense expert on technology issues for the defendant in the case of United States v. Shreck, 6th Cir. No.03-CR-0043-CVE). The defendant was charged with 156 counts of violating the Child Pornography Prevention Act of 1996. It was alleged that the defendant knowingly possessed or attempted to possess computer graphic image files containing visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

After more than a decade, on June 30, 2016, the respondent legally changed his name from “Dean Maynard Boland” to “Jack Boland.” On August 29, 2019, the respondent legally changed his name from “Jack Boland” to “John Taylor.”

Three years after, under the name “Jack Boland,” the respondent submitted an application to the State Medical Board of Ohio (“Medical Board”) to become a physician’s assistant. On his physician’s assistant application, the respondent did not tell the Medical Board that his legal name was previously “Dean Maynard Boland.” The Medical Board approved the respondent’s application, and Medical Board issued a physician’s assistant license to the respondent. 

The filing states:

“In his application, however, the respondent provided false answers to the following questions

Question: Do you have any other aliases?

Answer: No response.

Question: Have you ever been requested to appear before any board, bureau, department, agency, or other body, including those in Ohio, concerning allegations against you? 

Answer: No.

Question: Have you ever been notified of any investigation concerning you by any board, bureau, department, agency, or other body, including those in Ohio, with respect to a professional license, certificate, or registration?

Answer: NO.

Question: Have you ever forfeited collateral, bail, or bond for breach or violation of any law, police regulation, or Ordinance other than for a minor traffic violation; been summoned to court as a defendant, or had any lawsuit filed against you?

The Respondent also failed to disclose that he legally changed his name from “Dean Maynard Boland” to “Jack Boland.”. Additionally, the Respondent failed to disclose that he was previously required to appear before various courts and the U.S. Attorney’s Office concerning allegations against him. He also failed to disclose that the Office of Disciplinary Counsel advised the respondent that it was investigating the respondent’s conduct related to the pre-trial diversion agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Northern District of Ohio. The Office of Disciplinary Counsel dismissed this investigation without pursuing a formal complaint against the respondent.

The relator requests that the respondent be found in violation of the Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct and be sanctioned accordingly.

Mr. John Taylor previously known as Dean Maynard Boland info can be found on avvo.com. Taylor practices in Cleveland, Ohio. 

A copy of the original filing can be found here.