Wednesday, March 28, 2012
From the web page of the Ohio Supreme Court:
The Supreme Court of Ohio has suspended the law license of [a] Medina attorney...for two years, with the final six months of that term stayed on conditions, for professional misconduct in his dealings with four different clients from whom he accepted fee advances but subsequently failed to perform the promised legal services.
In a 7-0 per curiam decision announced today, the court adopted findings by the Board of Commissioners on Grievances & Discipline that [he] failed to maintain clients’ unearned fee advances in a dedicated trust account separate from his law office operating account; failed to exercise reasonable diligence in representing his clients; failed to respond to his clients’ requests for information or keep them advised about the status of their cases; dismissed one client’s case without her knowledge or consent; missed the statute of limitations for filing suit on behalf of another client; and failed to answer a complaint against another client’s company, resulting in a $31,000 default judgment against the client.
As conditions for future reinstatement of his law license, the court required that [he] refrain from any further misconduct, submit evidence that he has completed a mental health evaluation, follow all resulting treatment recommendations, and provide proof to a reasonable degree of medical certainty that he is competent to return to the ethical and professional practice of law.
The opinion is linked here. (MIke Frisch)