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2011-1750.  Toledo Bar Assn. v. Miller, Slip Opinion No. 2012-Ohio-1880.
On Certified Report by the Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline, No. 11-006. Harvey C. Miller, Attorney Registration No. 0071490, is suspended from the practice of law in Ohio for one year, with six months stayed on condition.
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-1880.pdf

(May 2, 2012) The Supreme Court of Ohio has suspended the law license of Sylvania attorney Harvey C. Miller for one year, with the final six months of that term stayed on conditions, for violations of the state’s  Rules of Professional Conduct.

In a 7-0 per curiam decision announced today, the court adopted findings by the Board of Commissioners on Grievances & Discipline that Miller made false statements to a tribunal on two separate occasions: first in 2007 when on two occasions he responded to garnishment notices sent to his law firm by falsely indicating that he was not employed there and that the firm held no property of his, and again in 2010 when he falsified court documents in a personal bankruptcy proceeding to conceal post-termination payments that he had received and was going to receive from his former law firm.

The court also found that Miller violated two state disciplinary rules when he directed a law firm employee to withdraw $300 from the escrow account of a firm client and use it to pay a filing fee on behalf of a pro bono client Miller was representing on a personal basis.

After Miller has served his actual suspension, the court ordered that he must complete a one-year term of probation during which his law practice will be monitored by an attorney chosen by the Toledo Bar Association.

Amy Stoner, 419.242.8214, for the Toledo Bar Association.

Charles M. Boss, 419.893.5555, for Harvey Miller.