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Xenia, Cleveland Attorneys Suspended

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In separate disciplinary actions announced today, the Supreme Court of Ohio suspended the law licenses of Xenia attorney Craig W. Saunders and Cleveland attorney Stanley Jackson Jr.

2010-1143.  Greene Cty. Bar Assn. v. Saunders, Slip Opinion No. 2010-Ohio-5708.
On Certified Report by the Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline, No. 10-004.  Craig William Saunders, Attorney Registration No. 0071865, is indefinitely suspended from the practice of law in Ohio.
Brown, C.J., and Pfeifer, Lundberg Stratton, O'Connor, O'Donnell, Lanzinger, and Cupp, JJ., concur.

(Nov. 30, 2010) The Supreme Court of Ohio has indefinitely suspended the law license of Xenia attorney Craig W. Saunders for professional misconduct in his dealings with multiple clients and for failure to cooperate with disciplinary authorities during their investigation of the grievances filed against him.  Saunders’ law license has been under an interim suspension since January, when the Court was notified of his convictions on two felony counts of theft that are not addressed in today’s disciplinary action.

In a 7-0 per curiam opinion, the Court adopted findings by the Board of Commissioners on Grievances & Discipline that Saunders neglected legal matters entrusted to him by several different clients and failed to respond to repeated phone calls and letters from those clients or to provide them with information about their cases. The Court also affirmed the board’s conclusion that by failing to file an answer to the complaint entered against him or to appear for scheduled disciplinary proceedings, Saunders violated the state bar governance rule requiring attorneys to provide requested information and cooperate with all disciplinary investigations.

Contacts
David R. Miles, 937.878.5266, for the Greene County Bar Association.

Craig W. Saunders, pro se, no current contact information available.

2010-0735.  Disciplinary Counsel v. Jackson, Slip Opinion No. 2010-Ohio-5709.
On Certified Report by the Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline, No. 09-042.  Stanley Jackson Jr., Attorney Registration No. 0077011, is suspended from the practice of law in Ohio for two years, with six months stayed on conditions.
Brown, C.J., and Pfeifer, Lundberg Stratton, O'Connor, O'Donnell, Lanzinger, and Cupp, JJ., concur.

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(Nov. 30, 2010) The law license of Cleveland attorney Stanley Jackson Jr. has been suspended for two years, with the final six months of that term stayed on conditions, for violations of the Rules of Professional Conduct in his representation of two clients and his conduct in the ensuing disciplinary investigation.

The Court adopted findings by the Board of Commissioners on Grievances & Discipline that Jackson committed multiple ethical violations by charging a clearly excessive fee, dividing his fees with other lawyers without disclosing the terms of that division, intentionally damaging or prejudicing a client during the course of his representation, and making knowingly false statements of material fact during a disciplinary investigation.

As conditions for staying the final six months of Jackson’s suspension, the Court imposed the requirements that he commit no further misconduct, comply with an agreement to pay $15,000 in restitution to the client from whom he collected an excessive fee, and serve one year of monitored probation upon his reinstatement to practice.

Contacts
Jonathan E. Coughlan, 614.461.0256, for the Office of Disciplinary Counsel.

Alvin E. Mathews Jr., 614.227.2312, for Stanley Jackson Jr.