The state Supreme Court has filed an order of public censure against Wailuku attorney B. Ladd Ueoka.
The order is based on Ueoka's breach of client confidentiality, failure to ensure that his staff complied with professional duties of confidentiality and failure to cooperate with the Office of Disciplinary Counsel's investigation into the matter, according to an announcement from the office.
The order filed Sept. 14 says it appeared that Ueoka "negligently breached client confidences and failed to ensure the staff of his law offices complied with the professional duties of confidentiality . . . " The order also says Ueoka initially failed to cooperate with the Office of Disciplinary Counsel investigation and a subpoena was issued to secure cooperation.
Ueoka has three prior informal admonitions on his record, including two for failing to cooperate with Office of Disciplinary Counsel investigations, according to the order.
Ueoka, 60, is a graduate of the University of Hawaii's William S. Richardson School of Law and was admitted into the Hawaii bar in May 1977.
Ueoka said Tuesday that he couldn't comment on the matter.