Wednesday, December 1, 2010
From the web page of the Ohio Supreme Court:
The law license of [a] Boardman attorney...has been suspended for two years, with the second year of that term stayed on conditions, for being tardy and/or failing to appear for scheduled proceedings before the Youngstown Municipal Court on multiple occasions over a two-year period.
In today’s 7-0 per curiam decision, the Supreme Court noted that [his] pattern of unprofessional conduct had resulted in multiple citations for contempt of court, and on one occasion caused the municipal court to issue a bench warrant for his arrest. The Court adopted findings by the Board of Commissioners on Grievances & Discipline that [his] acts and omissions violated, among others, the state rules of professional conduct that require an attorney to act with reasonable diligence in representing a client and to cooperate with a disciplinary investigation, and that prohibit an attorney from engaging in undignified or discourteous conduct that is degrading to a tribunal, conduct that is prejudicial to the administration of justice, and conduct that adversely reflects on the lawyer’s fitness to practice law.
In light of [his] multiple incidents of misconduct and his failure to respond to the disciplinary complaint filed against him or cooperate with disciplinary authorities, the Court imposed a two-year license suspension with the final 12 months stayed on the conditions that he commit no further violations, complete two years of monitored probation upon returning to the practice of law, and complete eight hours of continuing legal education in law-office management in addition to the normal continuing-legal-education requirements of Gov.Bar R. X applicable to all Ohio attorneys.
The opinion is linked here. (Mike Frisch)