Thursday, January 3, 2019

Firearm Casualty

Ohio Disciplinary Counsel has charged the former managing partner of a Cleveland law firm with a form of conversion in violation of Rules 8.4(c) and (h).

The firm represented a "retailer of firearms and related products" who owed the firm over $27,000 in legal fees. 

The attorney allegedly received product from the client and unilaterally applied a credit to extinguish the bill. 

His answer admits the most of the alleged facts - and contends that some of his partners were aware of the situation - but denies that he violated ethics rules as charged. He also made full restitution to the firm. 

The documents can be found here. (Mike Frisch)

https://lawprofessors.typepad.com/legal_profession/2019/01/firearm-casualty.html

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Comments

How long does the Disciplinary Counsel take to investigate cases of fraud and deception by a Judge?

Posted by: Nancy Holzheimer | Jan 3, 2019 6:03:57 AM

Does the Disciplinary Counsel consider the prior misconduct of a Judge or Attorney, (which shows a "pattern"), in their investigation of a grievance?

Posted by: Nancy Holzheimer | Jan 3, 2019 6:07:51 AM

Best answers can be found with the Office of Disciplinary Counsel. My sense is that Ohio operates a serious and committed bar discipline system.

Posted by: Mike Frisch | Jan 3, 2019 9:48:21 AM

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