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2011-1406.  Disciplinary Counsel v. Simon-Seymour, Slip Opinion No. 2012-Ohio-114.
On Certified Report by the Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline, No. 11-016. Christine M. Simon-Seymour of Chardon, Ohio, Attorney Registration No. 0043828, is suspended from the practice of law for two years, with the final six months stayed on the conditions.
O'Connor, C.J., and Pfeifer, Lundberg Stratton, O'Donnell, Lanzinger, Cupp, and McGee Brown, JJ., concur.
Opinion: http://www.supremecourt.ohio.gov/rod/docs/pdf/0/2012/2012-Ohio-114.pdf

(Jan. 19, 2012) The Supreme Court of Ohio today suspended the license of Chardon attorney Christine Simon-Seymour for two years, with the final six months of that term stayed on conditions, for multiple violations of the Rules of Professional Conduct in her handling of a client’s husband’s estate.

The Court adopted a consent-to-discipline agreement between Simon-Seymour and the Office of
Disciplinary Counsel in which Simon-Seymour admitted that over a three year period beginning in 2007, she failed to diligently represent her client in administering the estate, failed to maintain adequate records of estate and other funds held in her law office trust account, misappropriated estate funds, failed to promptly deliver funds that her client was entitled to receive, and made false representations to the probate court that certain debts of the estate had been paid when in fact they remained outstanding.

In setting the sanction for her violations, the Court noted the mitigating factors that Simon-Seymour has no prior history of disciplinary infractions, admitted her misconduct, cooperated fully with disciplinary authorities and has made more than full restitution to her client.

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

Abraham Cantor, 440.354.7749, for Christine Simon-Seymour.