On Friday, March 10, 2023, the Alabama State Bar publicly reprimanded Huntsville attorney Jon Davidson Levin for violating the Alabama Rules of Professional Conduct. The case is entitled “In the Matter of Jon Davidson Levin”.

The charges cited Alabama Rules of Professional Conduct 1.2(c), 1.4, 1.7, and 2.2. 

Allegedly, while representing multiple business entities comprising a multinational enterprise engaged in government contracting to the US government in support of its Middle East operations, the respondent had a conflict of interest in handling the transaction of the said entities.

These entities had overlapping ownership and leadership. In September 2016, the clients received notice that the primary US-based client had received a CENTCOM-wide base debarment, requiring ejection from a U.S. military base in Afghanistan within 10 days absent a solution satisfactory to the US Government. Subsequently, the respondent was advised by the clients’ corporate representatives that the deadline was shortened to seven days. The clients also informed Attorney Levin that the base debarment threatened catastrophic loss to the business enterprise. Attorney Levin presented the clients with several options regarding how to remedy the said situation. The clients elected, three days before the deadline, to have one affiliated corporation acquire the assets of its base-debarred. However, this action of the respondent was alleged to constitute a conflict of interest.

The filing states:

“This decision resulted in Levin having a conflict of interest in handling the transaction but without adequate time to involve outside counsel. Levin explained to the clients that their role in the transaction would be limited to preparing documents to accomplish the clients’ collective decisions and objectives and that Levin could not be involved in negotiating the economic terms of the transaction between the clients. Levin proceeded with preparing the transaction documents with the understanding that their clients agreed to the limited scope of our representation.”

The filing continues:

“Levin did not fully explain the benefits, limitations, and risks of the joint representation as required by Rules 1.7(b) and 2.2, Alabama Rules of Professional Conduct, and did not obtain the client’s written acknowledgment of the limited scope representation as required by Rule 1.2, Alabama Rules of Professional Conduct. Further, Levin did not communicate with all the corporate representatives of the client entities on an equal basis as required by Rules 1.4 and 2.2, Alabama Rules of Professional Conduct.”

In lieu of these allegations and facts, the Alabama State Bar issued a public reprimand with general publication on March 10, 2023, against the respondent.

Mr. Levin attended the University of Virginia School of Law. He practices in Huntsville, Alabama. He is licensed in Alabama. His info can be found on lawyer.com.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.