Posts Written By: Geoffrey Stern

Professional Responsibility CLE at Capital University Law School

On Friday, April 7, the professional responsibility attorneys presented a seminar at Capital University Law School. The CLE focused on attorney discipline in Ohio, professionalism, lawyers and social media, and recent developments in the area of ethics. View the presentation

Responding to a Grievance, Part 3: Recommendations for Responding

In this 3-part discussion, Geoffrey Stern, former Ohio Disciplinary Counsel, explores grievances and how to respond to them. In Part 3, he gives step-by-step recommendations for what to do after receiving a grievance: First, open the envelope containing the grievance and the Letter of Inquiry. A response date is contained in the letter. While it […]

Responding to a Grievance, Part 2: Times for Investigation

In this 3-part discussion, Geoffrey Stern, former Ohio Disciplinary Counsel, explores grievances and how to respond to them. In Part 2, he details the timeframe for investigating grievances: While there are time limits in place to guide an investigation, they are fairly flexible. After receiving a grievance, the ODC or CGC has 60 days from […]

Responding to a Grievance, Part 1: What is a Grievance?

In this 3-part discussion, Geoff Stern, former Disciplinary Counsel, explores grievances and how to respond to them. In Part 1, he explains what grievances are and how they come to be: Simply put, a grievance is a complaint against a lawyer. It may involve a complaint of unethical conduct, but frequently it may also be […]

Consulting Firm Contacts Ohio Companies, Engages in Unauthorized Practice of Law

Companies in Ohio and elsewhere have been contacted by a consulting firm that purports to engage in claims management and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) for its customers. It contacts potential customers to describe its function as negotiations and strategies for ADR, and thereby settlement for its customers but expresses fees may be fixed or contingent. […]