On Tuesday, November 7, 2023, the Disciplinary Counsel charged Attorney William Allen McClain with a professional ethics violation before the Board of Professional Conduct of the Supreme Court of Ohio.

The case is titled ‘Disciplinary Counsel v. William Allen McClain,’ with case no. 2023-038.

Attorney McClain was charged with criminal misconduct, violating Ohio Professional Conduct Rule 8.4(h), which prohibits actions that adversely reflect on an attorney’s fitness to practice law.

The Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct can be found here.

This disciplinary matter started on the night of October 29th when Attorney McClain consumed alcohol at a bar and became belligerent towards his girlfriend and her friends. He slapped one woman and attempted to kick another as they tried to convince him to leave peacefully. Later that night at Mr. McClain’s home, a physical altercation broke out when he confronted the women about firearms in the house. He grabbed one woman by the hair, shoved another to the ground, and pursued all of them with a loaded gun when they fled.

McClain pointed the gun at two women at close range, fired it in the air, and barricaded himself for hours with additional weapons despite a police presence. He pled guilty on January 4, 2023, to eight criminal charges including two felony assault counts. On February 22, 2023, the court sentenced McClain to three years of probation, 100 hours of community service, counseling, no-contact orders, forfeiture of seven firearms, and restitution.

Subsequently, on November 7, 2023, the Disciplinary Counsel filed a complaint with the Board of Professional Conduct alleging McClain violated professional conduct rules based on his criminal conduct. The Disciplinary Counsel requested McClain be sanctioned accordingly.

The charge reads:

“Relator requests that respondent be found in violation of the Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct and be sanctioned accordingly.”

According to Avvo, Attorney William Allen McClain is a bankruptcy and debt attorney based in Wright Patterson Afb, Ohio. He attended Cleveland State University and acquired his law license in Ohio in 2007.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.