Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Suspension For Unlicensed Practice

From the web page of the Ohio Supreme Court:

The Supreme Court of Ohio has indefinitely suspended [an] attorney...for intentionally misleading a juvenile court magistrate regarding his identity and the status of his license to practice before that court.

In a 7-0 per curiam opinion, the Court agreed with findings by the Board of Commissioners on Grievances & Discipline that, despite having failed to comply with the Court’s biennial registration requirements since 1995 and having his license suspended for that rule violation, [the attorney] attempted to represent a client in a 2008 case before the Greene County Juvenile Court and made repeated false statements to the magistrate in the case in an effort to disguise the fact that he was practicing while under suspension.

The opinion is linked here. The attorney had left practice in 1992 to accept a job in the insurance industry. The representation involved the child of a co-worker. The accused conceded that the conduct was "stupid."  (Mike Frisch)

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Bravo, at least they took action. Here in N.C. the NC State Bar suspended the lic of an attorney, notified the Chief Sup. Court Judge, yet this attorney continued to practice and collect fees. When I contacted the DA's Office, the Asst. DA called and scheduled and appt. and explained to me there really wasn't anything they could do, that there weren't any laws broken, but if I ever got a ticket and needed help, to call him. Yeah, right! If I get a ticket, you can bet I'll do the right thing and pay it, not pay an attorney to have it continued for up to 3 yrs. This was the same DA's Office where the DA refused to prosecute an attorney for the same thing, when the State Bar asked them to. They ultimately brought charges,and stated in their filing the DA's refusal. This DA retired after an investigation, and is now in private practice, and represents an illegal who committed Felony Bigamy, but has never been indicted after 3 years. Guess the new DA and the same assistant don't want to go against their ex-boss?? What they get by with here in NC is unbelievable, and there doesn't appear there's anything we can do to change things.

Posted by: H.E.DAVIS | Jan 27, 2010 1:19:38 PM

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