Thursday, April 18, 2013
An attorney who practiced law after his 2010 suspension was permanently disbarred by the Ohio Supreme Court.
The court's web page notes:
...the court adopted findings by the Board of Commissioners on Grievances & Discipline that following his September 2010 suspension from practice, Fletcher failed to advise his clients, opposing counsel or the courts of that suspension, and that from approximately November 2010 through February 2012, he continued to represent two existing clients and began to represent two additional clients. Fletcher admitted that during that period he identified himself to clients as an attorney, gave them legal advice, and appeared in court and filed documents on their behalf.
Among additional findings of misconduct supporting the board’s recommended sanction of disbarment, the court noted that Fletcher gave false testimony during a 2011 deposition swearing that he had not represented any clients during that year when in fact he had appeared at a plea hearing on behalf of a client in juvenile court just days earlier.
Noting that “disbarment is the presumptive sanction for continuing to practice law while under suspension,” and that Fletcher did not file objections to the disciplinary board’s recommendation, the court found that any mitigating factors present in the case were insufficient to justify a lesser penalty.