For Immediate Release - October 16, 2014

Supreme Judicial Court Presents Clients’ Security Board’s William J. LeDoux Award to Newbury Attorney

BOSTON, MA -- Supreme Judicial Court Justice Francis X. Spina today presented the Clients’ Security Board’s William J. LeDoux Award to attorney Timothy J. Perry for his pro bono work representing the co-executors of a probate estate who were the victims of attorney malfeasance.

Created in 1997, the award honors an attorney who, serving pro bono, has demonstrated outstanding legal work in representing a claimant before the Board. It is not a yearly award.

Attorney Perry represented the co-executors of a $2 million probate estate from which their former lawyer misappropriated $47,500 in unearned legal fees and the proceeds of a $75,000 unsecured, no-interest loan that the attorney persuaded one of the co-executors to make to him from the co-executor’s distribution. The Clients' Security Board made a $122,500 award to the victims. The former attorney, Bruce Sachar, has been disbarred.

"The William J. LeDoux Award recognizes an attorney's extraordinary pro bono commitment to protect clients who have been taken advantage of by an unscrupulous attorney," Justice Spina said. "The Clients' Security Board has served the public for the past forty years managing and disbursing funds to those who have suffered a financial loss caused by an attorney's or fiduciary's dishonest conduct."

"Attorney Perry demonstrated exceptional legal skills and an understanding of the Board’s purpose, which the Supreme Judicial Court established in 1974 to help restore clients’ faith in the legal profession," said Karen D. O'Toole, Esq., assistant board counsel to the Clients' Security Board.

Attorney Perry is a founding partner of Perry, Krumsiek & Dolan, LLP. He has conducted jury trials at all levels of the state and federal court systems as well as arbitrations before the NASD, FINRA and the American Arbitration Association. He has represented clients in federal district courts in Massachusetts and several other judicial districts, and has successfully briefed and argued several cases before the Massachusetts Appeals Court and United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. His practice focuses on complex corporate and personal litigation, including contract and employment disputes, restrictive employment covenants, close corporation shareholder disputes, intellectual property rights, products and premises liability, and wrongful death.  

Established by the Supreme Judicial Court in 1974, the Clients' Security Board is comprised of seven attorneys who serve without compensation overseeing the disbursement of funds to clients who have been victimized by attorney misappropriation of funds.  

William J. LeDoux Award - Oct. 16, 2014
Supreme Judicial Court Justice Francis X. Spina, William J. LeDoux Award winner Timothy J. Perry, Esq., and Michelle M. Porter, Esq., Chair of the Clients' Security Board, in the Seven Justice Courtroom of the John Adams Courthouse.