Rule 1.15 Archive

Lawyers + Social Media – Part 2

In the first post in this series about lawyers and social media, we focused on ethical issues related to LinkedIn and Facebook. This post examines similar issues related to lawyers’ use of Twitter and Groupon. Twitter More and more lawyers are using Twitter to communicate with potential clients, advertise their services, and comment on legal […]

Trust Accounts Basics: What Belongs in Your IOLTA?

Lawyers are required to keep certain funds and property separate from their own. Rule 1.15 lays out the requirements, but here are some highlights each practitioner needs to be cognizant of. Lawyers are required to put client funds or third party funds in their IOLTA whenever the funds are held in connection with a representation, […]

Two-Year Suspension for Akron Attorney In Over Her Head

Decided: December 19, 2013 Attorney:  Michelle Ann Tomer Misconduct:  Neglecting to act with reasonable diligence – Client trust account improprieties – Two-year suspension, stayed on conditions Citation: Akron Bar Association v. Tomer, Slip Opinion No. 2013-Ohio-5494 Discipline:  Two-year suspension, stayed on conditions An Akron lawyer who got in over her head when she transitioned from an assistant […]

Cincinnati Attorney Suspended for One Year

Decided: October 31, 2013 Attorney:  Joy Lawrence, Cincinnati, OH, #0030638, 1985 Misconduct:  Misconduct—Mental-health suspension terminated—Evidence demonstrates that cause for suspension has been removed—Showing that suspension should be terminated does not establish eligibility for reinstatement to practice of law—Review of underlying disciplinary complaint demonstrates multiple violations of Disciplinary Rules Citation: Cincinnati Bar Assn. v. Lawrence, Slip Opinion […]

Mahoning County Attorney Receives Multi-Count Complaint

Decided: October 23, 2013 Attorney: Thomas E. Zena, Boardman, OH #0007375, 1972 Misconduct:  Neglecting entrusted legal matters—failure to carry out employment contract—intentionally causing damage or prejudice to client—failure to render a full accounting of client funds or property upon request Citation: Mahoning Cty. Bar Assn. v. Zena, Slip Opinion No. 2013-Ohio-4585 Discipline:  One-year suspension, stayed […]