Tuesday, November 30, 2010
The web page of the Ohio Supreme Court reports:
The law license of [a] Cleveland attorney...has been suspended for two years, with the final six months of that term stayed on conditions, for violations of the Rules of Professional Conduct in his representation of two clients and his conduct in the ensuing disciplinary investigation.
The Court adopted findings by the Board of Commissioners on Grievances & Discipline that [the attorney] committed multiple ethical violations by charging a clearly excessive fee, dividing his fees with other lawyers without disclosing the terms of that division, intentionally damaging or prejudicing a client during the course of his representation, and making knowingly false statements of material fact during a disciplinary investigation.
As conditions for staying the final six months of [his] suspension, the Court imposed the requirements that he commit no further misconduct, comply with an agreement to pay $15,000 in restitution to the client from whom he collected an excessive fee, and serve one year of monitored probation upon his reinstatement to practice.
The link to the court's opinion is not yet on line. (Mike Frisch)