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Nov. 2, 2011
227 Attorneys Have Ohio Law License Suspended for Failing to Register with Supreme Court

The Supreme Court of Ohio suspended the Ohio law license of 227 attorneys who failed to register with the Supreme Court for the biennium that began Sept. 1, 2011, and ends Aug. 31, 2013. The suspended attorneys were notified in July and again in October of the registration deadline.

A suspended attorney is barred from practicing law until satisfying the registration requirements and paying all registration fees and a $300 reinstatement fee. Any attorney who continues to practice law while under suspension may be referred for investigation of the unauthorized practice of law.

View the list of suspended attorneys.

The vast majority of practicing attorneys in Ohio, more than 99 percent, met their registration requirements for this biennium. Only attorneys who have active or corporate status are required to register for the biennium.

Attorneys engaged in the practice of law in Ohio are required by Rule VI of the Rules for the Government of the Bar of Ohio to register with the Supreme Court biennially and pay a $350 registration fee. In July, the Supreme Court’s Office of Attorney Services sent all attorneys who were currently registered with the state for active or corporate status a certificate of registration for the upcoming biennium and directed them to register for the next biennium by Sept. 1.

The attorneys suspended today were sent letters in October alerting them of their noncompliance, but they did not file evidence of compliance with Rule VI or come into compliance with this rule (by paying the original $350 fee plus a $50 late fee) on or before Oct. 31.

The revenue raised from attorney registration fees is the primary source of funding for the regulation of the bar in Ohio. Nearly three-fourths of the revenue generated by the biennial registration fee is used to support the disciplinary system that investigates complaints against judges and attorneys. The disciplinary system includes the Board of Commissioners on Grievances & Discipline, the Board on the Unauthorized Practice of Law, the Office of Disciplinary Counsel and local grievance committees.

Revenue from the fee also supports the Clients’ Security Fund, the Ohio Lawyers Assistance Program and the Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation. The Clients’ Security Fund reimburses law clients who have sustained financial losses as a result of the dishonest conduct of licensed Ohio attorneys. The Ohio Lawyers Assistance Program provides assistance to Ohio attorneys with alcoholism, substance abuse, addictive behavior and psychological problems. The Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation administers various funds for Ohio’s legal aid societies, which in turn provide civil legal services to meet the needs of Ohio’s poor.

Learn more about attorney registration.