On Tuesday, May 28, 2024, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court for Suffolk County reinstated Jonathan Sablone to the practice of law in the state.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Jonathan Sablone”, with case number BD-2022-035.

Mr. Sablone had been suspended from practicing law for one year and one day on May 4, 2022 by an order of the same court. According to the order, Mr. Sablone was a partner at a large national law firm where he organized a continuing legal education conference in April 2019. He paid for wine for the reception out of his personal funds and then sought reimbursement from both the conference sponsor and his law firm. Both entities reimbursed him in full. When the law firm discovered his actions, it filed a complaint with the Office of Bar Counsel.

The court found that Mr. Sablone’s conduct violated Massachusetts Rules of Professional Conduct 8.4(c), which prohibits conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation, and 8.4(h), which prohibits conduct that adversely reflects on fitness to practice law. He admitted to the misconduct and rule violations. The parties jointly recommended a suspension of one year and one day, which the court imposed.

Under the terms of his reinstatement, Mr. Sablone will meet quarterly with a clinician from Lawyers’ Concerned for Lawyers for one year for an emotional assessment, and confirmation of those meetings must be provided in writing to the Office of Bar Counsel. With conditions, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court reinstated Mr. Sablone’s ability to practice law in the state.

According to Avvo, Mr. Sablone is an arbitration attorney. He attended the Boston College Law School. He obtained his law license in Massachusetts in 1996.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.