On Friday, August 4, 2023, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania suspended attorney Todd Joseph Leta for terroristic threats, simple assault, and public drunkenness.

The case is entitled “Office of the Disciplinary Counsel v. Todd Joseph Leta,” with case no. 153 DB 2021.

The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has rendered a decision in the disciplinary case of attorney Todd Joseph Leta who faced allegations of violating multiple rules of professional conduct and disciplinary enforcement. The violations trace back to an incident on October 14, 2019, when Leta mistakenly entered another person’s property, brandishing a handgun and making threats. This led to Leta’s subsequent guilty plea to various charges.

The joint petition states:

“On or about October 14, 2019, Respondent mistakenly entered the property of another person, Karl Marz. Upon noticing he had entered the wrong residence, Respondent attempted to leave. Mr. Matz called 911 and confronted the Respondent. The respondent became confrontational displayed a handgun and threatened Mr. Matz.”

As part of the disciplinary process, the Office of Disciplinary Counsel (ODC) and Todd Joseph Leta jointly filed a petition in support of discipline on consent, which was ultimately granted by the Supreme Court. The decision mandated Leta’s suspension from the Bar of Pennsylvania for a duration of one year and one day. In addition to the suspension, Leta is required to adhere to specified provisions outlined in Pa.R.D.E. 217 and cover the costs associated with the disciplinary proceedings.

This isn’t the first instance of Leta facing disciplinary measures. Earlier, he had violated the terms of his probation, which encompassed abstaining from alcohol, filing quarterly reports, attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, and meeting with a sobriety monitor. These prior violations played a role in the court’s decision. Mitigating factors were also taken into consideration. Leta’s acceptance of responsibility, cooperation with ODC, and agreement to the suspension were noted as positive elements in the case.

The one-year and one-day suspension is in line with precedents in similar cases involving criminal convictions. It will necessitate Leta to file a petition for reinstatement should he seek to resume his legal practice.

The Disposition states:

“AND NOW, this of 4th day of August 2023, upon consideration of the Recommendation of the Three-Member Panel of the Disciplinary Board, the Joint Petition in Support of Discipline on Consent is granted, and Todd Joseph Leta is suspended on consent from the Bar of this Commonwealth for a period of one year and one day.”

According to lawyer.com, Mr. Leta had been working at Campana, Hoffa, Morrone & Lovecchio, P.C. He practices in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. He is licensed in Pennsylvania.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.