On Monday, November 20, 2023, the Supreme Court of Florida issued the suspension of attorney Leon Menas Boyajan II. The suspension stems from six bar complaints filed against Boyajan alleging misconduct.

The case is entitled “The Florida Bar v. Leon Menas Boyajan II,” with case no. SC2023-0630.

The charges cited Rules Regulating the Florida Bar 4-1.2(a), 4-1.3, 4-1.4(a)(b), 4-8.4(c)(d), 3-4.3, 4-1.1, 4-1.7(a)(c), 4-1.7(c), 4-1.16(a)(1), 4-1.18(c).  

According to the referee’s report, the misconduct of Boyajan spanned from June 2020 through February 2023. Boyajan was found to have neglected client matters, failed to communicate with clients, missed court hearings and deadlines, filed deficient pleadings that were dismissed by courts, and failed to properly handle conflicts of interest in a criminal case involving three brothers. Boyajan had a history of prior discipline dating back to 1987 for similar misconduct issues.

In the first matter from June 2020, Boyajan was hired to represent a client in a breach of contract case but failed to respond to the client’s repeated inquiries about the status of the case from September 2020 to January 2021. He also did not timely provide court documents to the client. The case resulted in sanctions against the client that Boyajan did not inform them about.

In another case from September 2012, Boyajan neglected to take meaningful action on behalf of clients in a civil case against their former landlord, allowing the case to sit idle multiple times over the years. He missed court deadlines and hearings. The case was ultimately dismissed in June 2019 without the clients’ knowledge.

In other matters between January and October 2020, Boyajan undertook the joint representation of three brothers facing criminal charges despite conflicts of interest, did not obtain proper consent for the joint representation, and allowed two brothers to provide proffers against the third. One brother received a 50-year sentence.

Based on these findings, the referee recommended Boyajan be found guilty of misconduct justifying a one-year suspension from practice. The Supreme Court approved this suspension on November 2, 2023, requiring Boyajan to comply with rules to close out his practice and protect existing clients during the suspension period.

Following the approval of the recommendation of suspension against Boyajan, the Florida Supreme Court granted the latter’s Motion for Rehearing and extended the effective date of the suspension.

The Disposition states:

“Respondent’s “Motion for Rehearing” is granted, and the suspension ordered by this Court dated November 2, 2023, shall be effective December 31, 2023.”

According to avvo.com, Mr. Boyajan II is a personal injury attorney in Inverness, Florida. He attended the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. He acquired his law license in Florida in 1983.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.