Lawyer’s Files Found in Dumpster

Stacks of business and real-estate case files from a Middletown law firm were left unshredded in a public garbage dumpster June 26, making the Social Security numbers and other personal information on the documents accessible to anyone.

The files apparently came from the office of attorney William Bowen, 1 N. Main St. downtown. His firm handles bankruptcy, debt, business law and estate planning.


At least two people were observed inside the law office filling a large bin with more of the same sort of files and then emptying it into the dumpster.

Bowen said he had no comment on the disposal of the files.

According to Ohio Code of Professional Responsibility, attorneys are required to safeguard client property, including case records, during and after representation.

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