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January 15, 2013

Bar Overseers reprimand lawyer in landslide case

Scott Gleason says he accepts responsibility; settled with former clients

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Gleason would not divulge how his former clients’ case against Methuen or any of the contractors responsible for damaging their property was resolved, except to say it has been resolved. He also would not discuss his final settlement with the clients.

“Both matters have been resolved to the satisfaction of all parties,” he said. “But I can’t talk about any settlements.”

Gleason said this is the first time he has been disciplined by the bar in 30 years as an attorney.

In its decision, the Board of Bar Overseers noted Gleason’s mistakes in handling the case should have been avoidable due to his “substantial experience in the practice of law.” The decision also stressed the misconduct took place “over the course of several years.”

“The clients were harmed by the respondent’s failure to attend to their case,” the decision said. “In mitigation, (Gleason) immediately acknowledged his error when it was brought to his attention and cooperated fully with his liability insurer so that the clients were made whole.”

The decision further noted Gleason is a past president of his local bar association and that he has provided free legal services to local veterans and veterans’ organizations.

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