Ohio Advisory + Disciplinary Opinions Archive

Board of Professional Conduct Releases Advisory Opinion on Marijuana

In an Advisory Opinion issued August 5, 2016, the Ohio Board of Professional Conduct advised Ohio lawyers that they might be violating federal law by advising clients in the medical marijuana industry, or by using prescribed marijuana themselves. Ohio Sub. H.B. 523 permits the growth, processing, use, and sale of medical marijuana. Federal law, however, […]

Ohio Lawyer Disciplined for Sexting Clients

The Ohio Supreme Court has suspended a Lima attorney for sexting with a client. On Tuesday, June 14, the Court issued an opinion suspending N. Shannon Bartels from the practice of law for one year, with six months of the suspension stayed on the condition that Bartels complete a CLE study, pay all costs, commit […]

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 […]

Family Favor Results in One Year Suspension

Decided: February 10, 2015 Attorney: Jennifer Ann Gorby Misconduct: Failure to hold clients’ funds in trust account; Failure to inform clients of lack of malpractice insurance Citation: Disciplinary Counsel v. Gorby, Slip Opinion No. 2015-Ohio-476 Discipline: One-year suspension, stayed A family favor landed Jennifer Ann Gorby of Salem, Ohio, a one-year suspension, stayed on conditions. […]

“Particularly Heinous” Immigration Fraud Amounts to Unauthorized Practice

Decided: December 23, 2014 Non-Attorney: Mary E. Hernandez Misconduct: Unauthorized Practice of Law Citation: Disciplinary Counsel v. Hernandez, Slip Opinion No. 2014-Ohio-5486 Discipline: Injunction and civil penalty The Supreme Court ordered Mary E. Hernandez of Cincinnati to stop engaging in the unauthorized practice of law and pay $15,000 in civil penalties as a result of “particularly […]