Thursday, July 23, 2009

Not Moving Forward

From the web page of the Ohio Supreme Court:

The Supreme Court of Ohio has suspended the law license of [an] attorney...for one year, with the final six months of that term stayed on conditions, for neglecting the case of a personal injury client  and making false statements to the client.

The Court adopted findings by the Board of Commissioners on Grievances & Discipline that after agreeing to represent a woman injured in a traffic accident and unsuccessfully seeking a settlement from the other driver’s insurer, [The attorney] took no further action in the case and ultimately allowed the statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit to expire, leaving the client with no legal remedy to recover for her damages. The board also found that despite her lack of progress in the case, [the attorney] repeatedly told the client that her legal matter was “moving forward,” and assured her that a financial settlement was imminent when neither statement was true.

The Court accepted the board’s findings that [the attorney], who has been registered as inactive since 2007,  violated the state attorney discipline rules that prohibit neglect of an entrusted legal matter, conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice, conduct that adversely reflects on an attorney’s fitness to practice and conduct involving fraud, deceit, dishonesty or misrepresentation.

The court's decision is linked here. (Mike Frisch)

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