Public Reprimand Issued for Conviction of Public-Official Financial-Disclosure Laws

Decided: June 4, 2015 Attorney:  Gregory Steven Costabile Misconduct: conviction for violation of public-official financial-disclosure law; conduct that adversely reflects on fitness to practice law Citation: Disciplinary Counsel v. Costabile, Slip Opinion No. 2015-Ohio-2082  Discipline:  public reprimand Upon a consent-to-discipline agreement, the Court held violations of public-official financial-disclosure laws warranted a public reprimand in light of […]

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Pennsylvania Attorney Fined Nearly $1 Million for Testimony Mistake

The Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas has assessed a $946,197.16 fine against attorney Nancy Raynor and Raynor & Associates, P.C. The sanction stemmed from Raynor’s questioning of an expert witness in a medical malpractice case. Raynor represented the doctor and a physician group accused of failing to timely diagnose decedent’s lung cancer. Prior to trial, […]

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To Counsel a Mockingbird: Harper Lee, Go Set a Watchman, Ethics and Diminished Capacity

The Columbus Bar Association is hosting “To Counsel a Mockingbird: Harper Lee, Go Set a Watchman, Ethics and Diminished Capacity.” This innovative CLE program is designed to instruct on topics of ethics and professionalism. Kailee Goold and Jason Beehler, attorneys at Kegler Brown, will be teaching the seminar. Live actors will perform three separate scenes from […]

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Tennessee Lawyer Arrested for Hiring Hitman to Kill Wife

The Nashville Sun Times reported Fred Wortman III of Collierville, Tennessee is being held on a $15 million bond in county jail for attempting to hire a hitman to kill his estranged wife. Wortman is a 39-year-old lawyer, pilot and father of three children.  He was arrested and charged with solicitation of first-degree murder after […]

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Changes to the Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct: Part 3

The 2015 amendments to the Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct also address the hiring of 3rd party service providers, non-Ohio lawyer advertising and Ohio lawyer advertising. Comment 1 to Rule 5.3 [Responsibilities regarding NonLawyer Assistants] has been amended to increase the circle of responsibility to “nonlawyers outside the firm or agency who work on firm or […]

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