Wednesday, September 18, 2013
A former in-house counsel to the Edward J. DeBartolo Corporation has been publicly reprimanded by the Ohio Supreme Court.
The attorney was admitted in 1961 and is now in solo practice. The misconduct involved his failure to have closing statements detailing disbursements in contingent-fee cases.
The hearing panel found "unique circumstances" in mitigation and that he had "not violated the spirit" of his ethical obligations.
The court on sanction
Here, the board recognized that [the attorney] had practiced as in-house counsel for more than 30 years before commencing his solo practice and that he had practiced for more than 50 years - with only a brief, four-day suspension for his failure to timely complete his attorney registration in 2007.
Disciplinary Counsel had sought a stayed suspension with monitored probation. (Mike Frisch)