Thursday, May 28, 2009

Prior Experience Does Not Prevent Recordkeeping Issues

The Ohio Supreme Court web page reports that an Akron attorney:

...has been suspended by the Supreme Court of Ohio for two years, with the second year of that term stayed on conditions, for failing to segregate funds he held in trust for clients in a separate bank account or to keep complete records tracking disbursements of those funds.  The Court also found that [he] failed to notify his clients that his malpractice insurance had lapsed, and failed to comply with state attorney registration requirements during the 2007 registration period.

The Court adopted findings by the Board of Commissioners on Grievances & Discipline that despite prior training and employment in the banking and accounting fields, [the attorney] admitted maintaining only a single bank account for his law practice into which he deposited both his personal funds and funds entrusted to him by clients, and also admitted that he maintained no records accounting for his receipt or disposition of client funds in his possession other than monthly bank statements and a check register.

The court's decision is linked here. The attorney was engaged in practice as a second career after working with a regulatory agency, an accounting firm and a bank. He has a longstanding problem with alcohol that has not been successfully addressed. Despite his participation in the bar's treatment program, he has continued to drink.  (Mike Frisch)

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