Thursday, June 14, 2018
A report and recommendation of the Ohio Board of Professional Conduct proposes a two-year suspension with 18-months stayed for an attorney's conduct in his representation of his former diving coach.
The coach was a silver medalist in the 1956 Olympics.
The attorney drafted an estate plan for the client and his spouse in 2011. In 2014, the client was diagnosed with dementia and his spouse sought the attorney's assistance with a divorce. He advised her that he could not representation either of them due to the estate plan conflict.
Notwithstanding that, he not only represented him but charged excessive fees, filed a frivolous declaratory judgment action, made a false statement to a tribunal and communicated with the spouse rather than through her counsel.
The board noted that he continued to "equivocate, recast, and justify his conduct.." (Mike Frisch)