Cheyenne Attorney Suspended From Practice of Law in Wyoming
CHEYENNE– The Wyoming Supreme Court today issued an order suspending Cheyenne attorney William D. Bagley from the practice of law for a period of 90 days beginning December 16, 2013.
Following a disciplinary hearing, the Board of Professional Responsibility found that Mr. Bagley violated several Rules of Professional Conduct in his handling of a probate matter, including Rule 1.1 (which requires a lawyer to provide competent representation); Rule 1.3 (which requires a lawyer to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client); Rule 1.4 (which requires a lawyer to keep the client reasonably informed about the status of the matter and to promptly comply with reasonable requests for information); Rule 1.15 (which requires a lawyer to safeguard property belonging to the client and others); Rule 3.1(c) (which provides that the signature of an attorney constitutes a certificate by him that he has read the court document and that to the best of his knowledge, information, and belief, formed after reasonable inquiry, it is well grounded in fact); and Rule 3.3 (which requires candor toward the tribunal).
The Board found that the following mitigating factors were present in Bagley’s case: (1) absence of a prior disciplinary record and (2) absence of a dishonest or selfish motive. The Board found the following aggravating factors: (1) substantial experience in the practice of law; (2) a pattern of misconduct; (3) multiple offenses; (4) vulnerability of the victim; and (5) refusal by Bagley to acknowledge the wrongful nature of his conduct.
Bagley was ordered to comply with the requirements of Section 22 of the Disciplinary Code for the Wyoming State Bar (which governs the duties of disbarred and suspended attorneys); to reimburse the Wyoming State Bar for costs in the amount of $5,831.92; and to pay an administrative fee of $500.00.