Thursday, February 26, 2009
From the web page of the Ohio Supreme Court:
The law license of attorney Fred J. Burkholder, who formerly practiced in Lucas County and currently resides in Massachusetts, has been indefinitely suspended by the Supreme Court of Ohio. Burkholder’s license has been under an interim suspension since April 2007 for failure to comply with a child support order. Since then he has been subject to additional suspensions for failure to complete state attorney registration requirements and for violating the terms of a previous stayed suspension by being convicted of domestic violence while residing in Massachusetts.
In today’s decision, the Court adopted findings by the Board of Commissioners on Grievances & Discipline that the conduct resulting in Burkholder’s criminal convictions also constituted violations of the state attorney discipline rules that prohibit illegal conduct involving moral turpitude and conduct that reflects adversely on an attorney’s fitness to practice. The Court also agreed with the board’s recommendation of an indefinite suspension as the appropriate sanction for this misconduct and for [his] failure to register as an attorney at his current address.
Taking note of medical testimony that alcohol dependency was a significant factor in Burkholder’s misconduct, and evidence that he has resumed compliance with his child support obligations, maintained sobriety and continues to participate in an ongoing recovery program and psychiatric treatment, the Court adopted the disciplinary board’s recommendation that the effective date of his indefinite suspension should be made retroactive to his April 16, 2007, interim suspension.
The decision is linked here. (Mike Frisch)