Tuesday, July 10, 2018
The web page of the Ohio Supreme Court reports on several pending hearings including the continuation of hearings in a co-respondent bar matter.
The Columbus Dispatch reported on the charges in January 2017
A Columbus lawyer faces disciplinary charges for allegedly accepting thousands of dollars in legal fees and a band-autographed copy of The Who’s “Quadrophenia” album while performing minimal work on a client’s cases.
Timothy Dougherty also faces faces charges before the Board of Professional Conduct accusing him of allowing suspended lawyer Chris Cicero to improperly provide legal advice to his client.
Dougherty is one of four Columbus-area lawyers who faces hearings on professional misconduct before board hearing panels, the Ohio Supreme Court announced Wednesday.
The case against Dougherty says he began representing a client in April 2011, agreeing to file a lawsuit on her behalf while also defending her against a collections matter in another case. Within two years, the client paid Dougherty $5,700 in fees and also gave him a copy of her album signed by the famed rock band, The Who, to hold as collateral against coming legal fees.
The client met Dougherty at the one-time law office of Cicero, who was suspended from the practice of law for ethical violations that included disclosing a would-be client’s confidences to then-Ohio State University football coach Jim Tressel. Cicero informed Tressel about some of his players’ improper conduct underlying the so-called tattoo scandal in 2010-11 that ultimately led to Tressel’s ouster.
Dougherty introduced Cicero to his client as his law partner and Cicero advised the woman to fire the lawyer representing her in another case, the charges state.
Three years after retaining Dougherty, the client asked for an accounting of legal fees and the return of her Who album, which she said was worth thousands of dollars. Dougherty never provided an accounting of fees or returned the album while performing little legal work for the woman, the charges state.
The docket entries can be accessed here. (Mike Frisch)