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Thirteen disciplinary cases set by BPC

Staff Report, Supreme Court of Ohio

The Ohio Board of Professional Conduct recently announced the certification of 13 new cases for formal disciplinary proceedings.

Each 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 Supreme Court, and 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. Consult the hearing schedule on the Board’s website for a monthly list of Board hearings.

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

The following cases were certified for formal disciplinary proceedings. To access the complaints in this case, click on the case number below.

Columbus Bar Association v. William Martin Midian

Case No. 2017-044

Respondent’s counsel: Michael L. Close, Columbus

Disciplinary Counsel v. Robert James Leon

Case No. 2017-045

Respondent’s counsel: Jason H. Beehler, Columbus

Disciplinary Counsel v. Brendan Edward Delay

Case No. 2017-046

Respondent’s counsel: None

Disciplinary Counsel v. Timothy Andrew Shimko

Case No. 2017-047

Respondent’s counsel: Richard C. Alkire, Independence

Disciplinary Counsel v. Rasheed Asani Simmonds

Case No. 2017-048

Respondent’s counsel: None

Disciplinary Counsel v. Charles Francis Wochna

Case No. 2017-049

Respondent’s counsel: Jerome A. Milano, Rocky River

Disciplinary Counsel v. Michael Joseph Cheselka, Jr.

Case No. 2017-050

Respondent’s counsel: Richard C. Alkire, Independence and Robert V. Housel, Jr., Cleveland

In re Judicial Campaign Complaint against W. Mona Scott

Case No. 2017-051

Respondent’s Counsel: Alvin E. Mathews, Jr., Columbus

In re Judicial Campaign Complaint against James Emmitt Sherron

Case No. 2017-052

Respondent’s Counsel: Dustin R. Hurley, Middletown

Toledo Bar Association v. Brandon McLain Rehkopf

Case No. 2017-053

Respondent’s counsel: Monica A. Sansalone and Kevin R. Marchaza, Cleveland

Disciplinary Counsel v. Thomas Daniel Pigott

Case No. 2017-054

Respondent’s Counsel:

Disciplinary Counsel v. Christi Lee Brown

Case No. 2017-055

Respondent’s Counsel: None

Disciplinary Counsel v. Thomas Locke Mason

Case No. 2017-056

Respondent’s Counsel: Robert P. DeSanto, Ashland

Date Published: December 6, 2017


Supreme Court of Ohio


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