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October/November Cases Certified to Disciplinary Board

The Ohio Board of Professional Conduct today announced the certification of 20 attorney cases to the board for formal disciplinary proceedings.

In each case, a certified complaint has been sent to the respondent, and the respondent has been directed to file an answer to the allegations contained in the complaint. Once an answer is received, the case will be assigned to a three-member hearing panel of the board, and the hearing panel will conduct further proceedings. If the respondent does not answer the allegations, the respondent’s failure to answer will be certified to the Ohio Supreme Court. The Supreme Court may suspend the respondent’s license to practice law.

Typically, a public hearing is scheduled within four to six months after the case is assigned to a hearing panel. Please consult the Upcoming Hearings Schedule for a monthly list of board hearings. Contact the board at 614.387.9370 to confirm that a hearing will be held as scheduled or for more information about a case. Case documents can be obtained via e-mail upon request.

If the board finds that a lawyer or judge has engaged in professional misconduct, the board will file a report with the Court that includes a recommended sanction. The Court is responsible for reviewing the case record and imposing discipline.

To access the complaints in these cases, click on the individual case numbers below.

Trumbull County Bar Association v. Timothy Eric Bellew
Case No. 2016-039
Respondent’s counsel:  None

Lorain County Bar Association v. Ken Jones (admitted in Georgia)
Case No. 2016-040
Respondent’s counsel:  None

Cincinnati Bar Association v. Justin Enrique Fernandez
Case No. 2016-041
Respondent’s counsel:  None

Disciplinary Counsel v. William Lawrence Summers*
Case No. 2016-042
*Case dismissed following Supreme Court acceptance of respondent’s resignation with disciplinary action pending.
Supreme Court Case No. 2016-1397.

Disciplinary Counsel v. James Michael Burge
Case No. 2016-044
Respondent’s counsel:  Brian M. Spiess, Cincinnati

Trumbull County Bar Association v. John Harold Large
Case No. 2016-045
Respondent’s counsel:  Thomas J. Wilson, Youngstown

Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association v. Michael William Callahan
Case No. 2016-046
Respondent’s counsel:  Joseph F. Nicholas, Jr., Cleveland

Disciplinary Counsel v. Brian H. Richman
Case No. 2016-049
Respondent’s counsel:  None

Columbus Bar Association v. Neal Hall Magee II
Case No. 2016-050
Respondent’s counsel:  None

Disciplinary Counsel v. Guy Darius Rutherford
Case No. 2016-051
Respondent’s counsel:  None

Mahoning County Bar Association v. Scott Robert Cochran
Case No. 2016-052
Respondent’s counsel:  None

Akron Bar Association v. Tamara Dawn Parkin
Case No. 2016-053
Respondent’s counsel:  None

Disciplinary Counsel v. Michael Joseph Goebl
Case No. 2016-054
Respondent’s counsel:  None

Cincinnati Bar Association v. Ernest Alfred Eynon II
Case No. 2016-055
Respondent’s counsel:  None

Cincinnati Bar Association v. William Douglass Bell
Case No. 2016-056
Respondent’s counsel:  None

Cincinnati Bar Association v. John Patrick Weber
Case No. 2016-057
Respondent’s counsel:  None

Disciplinary Counsel v. Robert Hansford Hoskins
Case No. 2016-058
Respondent’s counsel:  None

Disciplinary Counsel v. Daniel Alan Niehaus
Case No. 2016-059
Respondent’s counsel:  None

Disciplinary Counsel v. Gigi Hoang Fuhry
Case No. 2016-060
Respondent’s counsel:  None

Disciplinary Counsel v. Mark Andrew Chuparkoff
Case No. 2016-061
Respondent’s counsel:  None

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