Legal Malpractice, Ethics & Disciplinary Matters

In Cleveland and throughout Ohio, the attorneys at Alkire & Nieding LLC handle cases of legal malpractice involving attorney professional misconduct and represent lawyers and judges in disciplinary matters before the Board of Commissioners on Grievances & Discipline of the Ohio Supreme Court.  The firm also consults with lawyers, judges and Law Firms on a variety of ethics matters arising in the ordinary course of business.  With a deep commitment to advancing the legal profession and years of experience in the area of professional responsibility, the firm’s lawyers understand the parameters of acceptable practice and the importance of maintaining a competent and ethical bar that has the public’s confidence and support.

Legal Malpractice

Lawyers are bound by professional codes of conduct and ethics and various state laws to behave in an appropriate manner regarding the client-lawyer relationship.  These rules require a lawyer to act competently and diligently in the course of a representation, avoid conflicts of interest, keep the client informed, and maintain confidentiality, among other requirements.  Falling below that standard leaves an attorney open to a claim of legal malpractice.  Furthermore, an attorney must not commingle client funds or commit any type of fraud, deception or dishonesty in dealings with a client, the court, or opposing counsel.

Whether deliberate, negligent, or reckless, lawyers whose personal behavior or professional conduct harms a client’s interests should be held liable for the damages caused.  Proving that the lawyer’s conduct harmed the client often requires proving the client’s claim in the original subject matter of the representation – the “case within the case.”  For this reason, possessing strong trial advocacy skills is just as important as a comprehensive understanding of the rules of professional conduct to succeed in a legal malpractice case.  The attorneys at Alkire & Nieding LLC are Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.

Disciplinary Proceedings

Our experience in legal malpractice cases gives us a broad base of knowledge and puts us in a unique position to represent lawyers accused of professional or ethical misconduct before the Board of Commissioners on Grievance and Discipline.  Our firm represents lawyers in disciplinary proceedings involving alleged violations of the Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct, the Code of Professional Responsibility, rules governing the Unauthorized Practice of Law, and related state laws.  We also represent judges accused of violating the Code of Judicial Conduct and related laws.  Many times our representation begins after a grievance is filed and is being investigated by Disciplinary Counsel or a Certified Grievance Committee.

A former Commissioner and Chair of the Ohio Supreme Court Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline, Richard C. Alkire fully understands the process and procedure involved in grievances and complaints.  The firm effectively represents clients at all stages of the process, including appearing before Disciplinary Counsel or a Certified Grievance Committee, advocating before a three-member panel during a hearing on the merits, and in oral argument before the Supreme Court of Ohio.

In addition, our firm represents prospective lawyers and out-of-state lawyers seeking to become members of the Ohio Bar by waiving in or taking the bar examination.  We represent individuals in connection with character and fitness inquiries by Bar Associations and before the Board of Commissioners on Character and Fitness of the Ohio Supreme Court.

Ethics Consultation

Given our experience in defending lawyers and judges in discipline matters, we are uniquely poised to represent lawyers, judges and law firms in a variety of ethics matters.  Our expertise includes assistance in connection with conflicts issues, the departure of attorneys from firms, and other ethical issues arising in the ordinary course of a law firm’s business.

Experienced & Caring Lawyers

Whether representing a client harmed by a lawyer’s malpractice or advocating for an attorney or judge accused of professional misconduct, we remain dedicated to vindicating rights, enhancing and advancing the legal profession, and providing high-quality legal representation on behalf of our clients.  Contact Alkire & Nieding LLC for a consultation regarding your legal malpractice or disciplinary matter.