November 19, 2009
Neglect + Contempt = Suspension
From the web page of the Ohio Supreme Court:
The Supreme Court of Ohio today suspended the license of [a] Cleveland attorney...for one year, with the last six months of that term stayed on conditions, based on [his] repeated failures to comply with bankruptcy court filing requirements, failure to appear before the court to face contempt proceedings and failure to promptly comply with two court orders directing him to disgorge (give back) legal fees he had received from clients whose cases he mishandled. [The attorney] was cited for civil contempt and fined by the bankruptcy court for his failures to appear and disgorge fees.
The Court adopted findings by the Board of Commissioners on Grievances & Discipline that [his] acts and omissions were in violation of the state attorney discipline rule that prohibits conduct that reflects adversely on an attorney’s fitness to practice.
The Court’s per curiam opinion was joined by Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer and Justices Paul E. Pfeifer, Evelyn Lundberg Stratton, Maureen O’Connor, Judith Ann Lanzinger and Robert R. Cupp.
Justice Terrence O’Donnell concurred with imposition of a one-year suspension, but indicated that he would stay all 12 months on conditions.
The opinion is linked here. (Mike Frisch)
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