unauthorized practice Archive

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. […]

“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 […]

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 […]

‘Civil-Rights Advocate’ Hit with $10,000 in UPL Fines

Decided: May 7, 2014 Attorney: Kimberley Bukstein Misconduct: Unauthorized Practice of Law Citation: DISCIPLINARY COUNSEL v. BUKSTEIN, Slip Opinion No. 2014-Ohio-1884 Discipline: injunction + civil penalties Kimberley Bukstein describes herself as a ‘civil rights advocate’ however she is not an attorney. Despite receiving no fees for her services, the Supreme Court of Ohio found that […]

Phony Divorce Advice Leads to Penalties

Decided: February 18, 2014 Respondent: Norm Hernick and related entities Citation: Cleveland Metro. Bar Assn. v. Hernick et al., Slip Opinion No. 2014-Ohio-521 Misconduct: unauthorized practice of law (preparing complaint for divorce) Discipline: injunction The Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association filed a complaint against Norm Hernick and his related entities (Nick Shelly, Law Online, Inc., and A […]