Ohio Disciplinary Opinion Archive

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 […]

Good + Bad News: Reinstatement for One, Suspension for Two

Reinstatement for One Oscar Trivers of Cleveland has been reinstated to the practice of law. In 2009, Trivers was suspended for one year, with six-months stayed, for abusing his notary power and being present when another party created a fraudulent document. Ohio State Bar Assn. v. Trivers, 2009-Ohio-5285. In 2012, he consented to suspension for […]

113 Offenses Leads to $280k+ Fine in Unauthorized Practice of Law Case

Decided: May 7, 2014 Misconduct:  Unauthorized practice of law Citation: Cleveland Metro. Bar Assn. v. Wooten, 139 Ohio St.3d 177, 2014-Ohio-1907 Discipline:  Injunction and civil penalty Derek Wooten (a non-lawyer) and Aaron, Derek, Carter & Steen, L.L.C. (ADCS) were fined $282,500 by the Supreme Court – $2,500 for each of the 113 times they engaged in the unauthorized practice […]