Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America as the “2013 Lawyer of the Year” for Professional Malpractice Law in Columbus, Geoffrey Stern provides to his clients preventative consultation, expert witness consultation and testimony, and representation in disciplinary matters. He is also the only person to have served as both Disciplinary Counsel of the Supreme Court of Ohio and Chair of the Ohio State Bar Association Committee on Legal Ethics and Professional Conduct. During his four-year term as Disciplinary Counsel, his office considered more than 14,000 grievances in regard to Ohio’s lawyers and judges. He has made an appearance in nearly 200 Ohio Supreme Court cases.
Jonathan Coughlan served the longest tenure in state history as Disciplinary Counsel for the Supreme Court of Ohio for 16 years. He is well-versed in all aspects pertaining to the ethical responsibilities of Ohio lawyers and judges, investigations of ethical matters, defense of misconduct complaints and complex ethical issues. In addition to having an active caseload during his 16-year tenure as Disciplinary Counsel, Jonathan was responsible annually for approximately 2800 grievances, 1400 investigations and 45 formal complaints. This depth of experience provides Jonathan’s clients with an unparalleled level of sophistication about ethical concerns and the disciplinary process. Former president and board member of the Association of Judicial Disciplinary Counsel, Jonathan is a contributor to several legal industry organizations including an adjunct professor at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law where he teaches on issues related to professional responsibility.
Chris Weber has been representing lawyers and judges in disciplinary matters throughout his 20+ years in practice. He focuses on advising clients on professional responsibility and legal ethics issues, including advising lawyers concerning their ethical obligations under Ohio’s Rules of Professional Conduct. He also advises non-lawyers, including individuals and corporations, concerning compliance with Ohio’s regulation of the unauthorized practice of law (UPL). He also represents clients in disciplinary matters and UPL actions before the Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline, the Board of Commissioners on the Unauthorized Practice of Law, and the Ohio Supreme Court.
Mike Miller has decades of experience practicing in litigation, with emphasis in the criminal law area. He was Franklin County’s elected prosecuting attorney for 17 years, he has been involved in more than 150 jury trials and handles felony and misdemeanor cases throughout Ohio in local, state and federal courts. As a former Franklin County Municipal Court Judge, Mike understands all aspects that relate to the ethical responsibilities of Ohio lawyers and judges, defense of misconduct complaints and complex ethical issues.
Jason Beehler has a formidable background in litigation and has drafted briefs for cases in Ohio trial and appellate courts, including several cases before the Ohio Supreme Court. He has first-chair trial experience and has secured favorable settlements in each of those cases. Jason also has extensive experience in electronic discovery; he recently managed the entire electronic discovery process in a $97 million matter in federal district court in Columbus.