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2011-1739.  Disciplinary Counsel v. Maguire, Slip Opinion No. 2012-Ohio-1298.
On Certified Report by the Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline, No. 11-058. Peggy Maguire, Attorney Registration No. 0071966, is suspended from the practice of law in the state of Ohio for a period of one year.
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-1298.pdf

(March 29, 2012) The Supreme Court of Ohio has suspended  the law license of Lewis Center attorney Peggy Maguire for one year for improperly commingling her personal funds with client funds on deposit in her law office trust account, using her trust account to pay personal and office expenses, and failing to cooperate with disciplinary authorities investigating her misconduct.

In a 7-0 per curiam decision announced today, the court adopted findings by the Board of Commissioners on Grievances & Discipline that Maguire, who told the board that she has closed her law practice and is registered with the Supreme Court as inactive, violated the state disciplinary rules that require attorneys to hold client funds in a dedicated trust account separate from the attorney’s property, to use a trust account only for transactions with or on behalf of clients, and to avoid conduct that reflects adversely on the attorney’s fitness to practice law.

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

Peggy Maguire (no telephone contact information provided).