Protecting Attorneys In Disciplinary Matters

In Ohio, the Rules of Professional Conduct govern Ohio lawyers' professional and, in some cases, personal behavior. These rules address attorney discipline issues and require a lawyer to act competently and diligently throughout the course of representation to avoid harming a client's interests. The Ohio Supreme Court, through Disciplinary Counsel and Certified Grievance Committees, is charged with regulating and enforcing these rules to maintain a competent and ethical bar that promotes public confidence in the legal community.

Protecting Your Law License

While the disciplinary process for an attorney proceeds in civil venues, in many ways it resembles a criminal case. You need the same intense, comprehensive and methodical approach required to defend a criminal charge. As a Cleveland-area defense team, our lawyers at the office of Michael C. Hennenberg are known for our thorough and disciplined methodology. We will apply these skills to the defense of your law license.

Our firm will seek to obtain a successful resolution of the complaint as early as possible in the process. In some cases, this could mean providing representations to the Disciplinary Counsel, the Certified Grievance Committee, or the Probable Cause Panel of the Board of Commissioners on Grievance and Discipline. If we are successful, the matter ends here, and the complaint and its resolution will remain confidential.

If it is necessary, we can represent you at all subsequent levels of the process, including the Three Member Panel of the Board of Commissioners on Grievance and Discipline, before the full board itself or before the Supreme Court of Ohio.

Your Legal Counsel In Professional Discipline Cases

Founding attorney Michael C. Hennenberg understands the parameters of acceptable legal practice as defined by these rules and has an ongoing commitment to advancing the legal profession. Mr. Hennenberg has lectured extensively to bar associations on professionalism and ethics within the legal profession as well as ethical considerations relating to Ohio's criminal discovery rules in death penalty cases.

In Cleveland and throughout Ohio, our firm accepts cases involving attorney professional misconduct and has represented lawyers in disciplinary matters before the Ohio Supreme Court, Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline. Contact our attorneys today to discuss your specific case and needs: 440-565-4214.

Aggressive And Experienced Representation

Mr. Hennenberg effectively represents clients at all stages of the process, including appearing before Disciplinary Counsel and Certified Grievance Committees, advocating before a three-member panel during a hearing on the merits, and in oral argument before the Ohio Supreme Court. Many times representation begins after a grievance has been filed and is being investigated by disciplinary counsel or a certified grievance committee. The most common types of cases Mr. Hennenberg handles include:

  • Conflicts of interest
  • Failure to keep a client informed of his or her case
  • Failure to maintain client confidentiality
  • Mishandling of client funds
  • Fraud, deception or dishonesty in dealings with the court or opposing counsel
  • Failure to timely file a case
  • Attorney negligence
  • Failure to meet discovery deadlines
  • Failure to advise of statute of limitations
  • Unauthorized practice of law

Aggressively Defending Your Rights And Freedoms In Disciplinary Hearings

When we represent an attorney or judge accused of professional misconduct, our legal team takes a comprehensive approach to the case. We work closely with each other, our clients and experts to conduct an extensive investigation. This allows us to make thoughtful and persuasive arguments to the Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline of the Ohio Supreme Court on behalf of our clients. Since we limit the number of cases our firm works on at any given time, you can be confident your case will receive the attention it deserves.

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