On Friday, March 1, 2024, the Kansas Supreme Court issued a disciplinary ruling for lawyer Leon J. Davis Jr., suspending his law license for two years stayed after six months on the condition that he successfully completes two years of probation.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Leon J. Davis Jr.,” with case no. 126,479.

The charges cited Kansas Rules of Professional Conduct 207(c), 203(c)(1), 8.3(a) and 8.4(b).

The case stemmed from Davis’ December 2019 arrest for felony driving under the influence. He failed to report the felony charge to the Kansas Disciplinary Administrator’s office as required by the Kansas Supreme Court rules. As a result, the Disciplinary Administrator filed a formal complaint against Davis in February 2023 alleging violations of professional conduct rules.

In April 2023, Davis entered into a summary submission agreement with the Disciplinary Administrator where he admitted to the misconduct and rule violations. These included failing to report the felony DUI charge, committing a criminal act that reflected poorly on his fitness as a lawyer, and not informing the appropriate authority of his misconduct.

The parties jointly recommended Davis receive a two-year suspension, stayed after completing six months of suspension pending his successful participation in a two-year probation program. This included complying with the terms in his submitted probation plan. Although the court can impose greater or lesser discipline, it generally gives weight to joint recommendations reached through summary submission agreements.

In its ruling, the Kansas Supreme Court acknowledged Davis’ commendable progress since his December 2019 arrest, including becoming vice president of his AA chapter and completing substance abuse treatment and monitoring. However, the court also considered the severity of felony DUI, which violates an attorney’s duty to the legal system and erodes public trust.

The Disposition states:

“IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that the temporary suspension previously imposed based on the respondent’s felony conviction be lifted and Leon J. Davis Jr. is hereby disciplined by a two-year suspension in accordance with Supreme Court Rule 225(a)(3) (2023 Kan. S. Ct. R. at 281). The two-year suspension is stayed after six months, conditioned on successful participation and completion of a two-year probation period.”

According to Linkedin, Mr. Davis, Jr., is a managing attorney at Davis Legal, LLC. He attended the Washburn University School of Law, graduating in 2011.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.