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Medina County Bar Association v. Cameron.

October 12, 2011

MEDINA COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION
v.
CAMERON.



ON CRTIFIED REPORT by the Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline of the Supreme Court, No. 09-088.

Per curiam.

[Until this opinion appears in the Ohio Official Reports advance sheets, it may be cited as Medina Cty. Bar Assn. v. Cameron, Slip Opinion No. 2011-Ohio-5200.]

NOTICE

This slip opinion is subject to formal revision before it is published in an advance sheet of the Ohio Official Reports. Readers are requested to promptly notify the Reporter of Decisions, Supreme Court of Ohio, 65 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215, of any typographical or other formal errors in the opinion, in order that corrections may be made before the opinion is published.

SLIP OPINION NO. 2011-OHIO-5200

[Until this opinion appears in the Ohio Official Reports advance sheets, it may be cited as Medina Cty. Bar Assn. v. Cameron, Slip Opinion No. 2011-Ohio-5200.]

Attorneys--Misconduct--Knowingly making a false statement of fact or law to a tribunal--Communicating with a person represented by counsel without the other counsel's consent--One-year suspension stayed on condition of no further misconduct.

Submitted May 24, 2011

{¶1} Respondent, John Brooks Cameron of Medina, Ohio, Attorney Registration No. 0055800, was admitted to the practice of law in Ohio in 1991. In December 2009, relator, Medina County Bar Association, filed a two-count complaint charging Cameron with two violations of the Rules of Professional Conduct, arising from his conduct during litigation against him for the collection of fees for expert consulting services.

{¶2} A panel of the Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline held a hearing and issued findings of fact, conclusions of law, and a recommended sanction. The board adopted the panel's findings and conclusions and recommended that Cameron be suspended from the practice of law for six months.

{¶3} Cameron objects to the board's findings of fact, conclusions of law, and recommended sanction. For the reasons that follow, we find that respondent violated Prof.Cond.R. 4.2 (prohibiting a lawyer from communicating with a person represented by counsel without the other counsel's consent) and 3.3(a)(1) (prohibiting a lawyer from knowingly making a false statement of fact or law to a tribunal) but reject the board's recommended sanction and impose a one-year suspension, with the entire year stayed on conditions.

Misconduct

{¶4} The testimony and evidence before the hearing panel establish that Cameron hired the president of Safety Through Engineering, Inc. ("STE") to be an expert witness in a slip-and-fall case and paid him a $2,000 retainer. The expert prepared a report and in April 2007 sent Cameron an invoice with an amount owing of $7008.

{ΒΆ5} Cameron testified at the disciplinary hearing that he discussed the invoice with the expert and indicated to him that the invoice would be paid when the slip-and-fall case settled. When that case did not settle, the expert asked him in June 2007 to make monthly payments of a set amount, and he testified that he agreed to send "something" on the bill periodically. According ...


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