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Columbus Bar Assn. v. Hunter.

November 15, 2011

COLUMBUS BAR ASSN.
v.
HUNTER.



ON CERTIFIED REPORT by the Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline of the Supreme Court, No. 10-071.

Per curiam.

Cite as Columbus Bar Assn. v. Hunter, Slip Opinion No.

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-5788

[Until this opinion appears in the Ohio Official Reports advance sheets, it may be cited as Columbus Bar Assn. v. Hunter, Slip Opinion No. 2011-Ohio-5788.]

Attorneys--Misconduct--Indefinite suspension.

Submitted August 8, 2011

{¶1} Respondent, Kyle Lee Hunter of Columbus, Ohio, Attorney Registration No. 0069099, was admitted to the practice of law in Ohio in 1998.

On May 24, 2010, we suspended Hunter's license to practice law on an interim basis following his felony conviction for failure to report a cash payment of more than $10,000 in his law practice in violation of Sections 5331 and 5322(a), Title 31, U.S.Code and former 31 C.F.R. 103.30 In re Hunter, 125 Ohio St.3d 1431, 2010-Ohio-2261, 927 N.E.2d 4.

{¶2} In August 2010, relator, Columbus Bar Association, filed a complaint alleging that the conduct underlying Hunter's felony conviction also violated the Rules of Professional Conduct. Relator later amended its complaint to allege additional misconduct arising from Hunter's handling of two client matters and his client trust account.

{¶3} The parties submitted stipulations of fact and misconduct and jointly waived a formal hearing on the matter. A panel of the Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline adopted the stipulations without modification and recommended that Hunter be indefinitely suspended from the practice of law and that his reinstatement be conditioned upon the completion of his supervised release and satisfaction of any fee-arbitration award entered in favor of a client harmed by his misconduct. The board adopted the stipulated facts and the recommended sanction, except that rather than conditioning Hunter's reinstatement upon the satisfaction of a potential arbitration award, the board recommends requiring him to make restitution to those harmed by his misconduct. We adopt the stipulated findings of fact and misconduct, as well as the sanction and conditions for reinstatement recommended by the board.

Misconduct

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