Thursday, June 25, 2009
The Ohio Supreme Court rejected discipline proposed by its Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Dispcipline and indefinitely suspended an attorney for neglect of several matters and failure to respond to a bar investigation. The attorney, who also is admitted in Kentucky, had been recently subject to reciprocal suspensions in Ohio based on discipline imposed in Kentucky.
The court concluded that a two-year suspension with the second year stayed was unduly lenient: "As relator argues, we have consistently imposed an indefinite suspension from practice for lawyers who repeatedly neglect their clients' legal interests and fail to cooperate in the ensuing disciplinary investigation. We have noted our extensive case law in this area. And in view of [his] prior disciplinary record and the lack of any mitigating factors to weigh in his favor, an indefinite suspension is appropriate." (Mike Frisch)