The Clients’ Security Board exists to preserve the public’s trust in the legal profession by reimbursing law clients whose Massachusetts lawyer had stolen from them using funds provided solely by the lawyers of Massachusetts.
- Massachusetts pays $1.29 million - its largest award ever
- New General Counsel and Executive Director
The Clients' Security Board (CSB) is pleased to welcome Linda G. Bauer as General Counsel and Executive Director of the Clients' Security Board, succeeding Karen D. O'Toole who retired after thirty years of service to the Board. Ms. Bauer has served the Office of Bar Counsel for more than twenty-five years, most recently as Acting First Assistant Bar Counsel. Previously she was in private practice at the law firm of Hill & Barlow. A graduate of Yale College and Boston University Law School, Ms. Bauer commenced her legal career clerking for Retired Chief Justice Herbert P. Wilkins of the Supreme Judicial Court.
The all-volunteer Clients' Security Board was established by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in 1974 to reimburse clients whose lawyers misappropriated client money. Funded by the members of the Massachusetts Bar through licensing fees, the CSB reviews claims and distributes funds, discharging bar members’ collective responsibility. For the last 25 years, the CSB has paid an average of $2 million per year to reimburse client-victims for their stolen funds.
“We are delighted to have an experienced ethics professional like Linda Bauer take the position,” said CSB Chair, W. Lee H. Dunham. “Karen O’Toole has been a national leader in client protection and a conscientious steward of the CSB. Linda’s extensive experience in the Office of Bar Counsel and contributions to the greater legal community give us confidence that she is the ideal replacement for Karen.” Linda began her work for the CSB on January 2, 2020.
For further information, contact (617) 728-8758
We're the Clients' Security Board of the Supreme Judicial Court
The Court created us in 1974 to do only one thing:
Reimburse law clients whose lawyers have stolen from them
We do it to preserve trust in the legal profession
Every dollar we use to reimburse law clients comes from only one source: the lawyers of Massachusetts.
We've been reimbursing law clients for more than 40 years
Since 1974 the Board has reimbursed more than $50 million to over 2,250 law clients
Each reimbursement we make is a matter of grace not right
Each Board member serves for a term of five years
The Board has no statute of limitations
The Board has no caps on reimbursements to an individual claimant
Since 1974 the Board has reimbursed more than $2 million for the thefts of one disciplined lawyer
Since 1974 the Board has reimbursed more than $1 million each for the thefts of six different disciplined lawyers
The Clients' Security Fund is audited annually by independent auditors
The Board's claim form is available in both English and Spanish
Lawyers helping claimants before the Board must do so without compensation
In 2017 only 26 out more than 59,000 Massachusetts lawyers (0.04%) were responsible for the thefts reimbursed by the Board