Maureen O'Connor Chief Justice
Board of Professional Conduct filed a certification of
default in the office of the clerk of this court on September
9, 2016. On October 12, 2016, this court imposed an interim
default judgment suspension upon respondent, Jeffrey Shane
Brumbaugh, pursuant to Gov.Bar R. V(14)(B)(1). The parties
were ordered to show cause why the interim default judgment
suspension should not be converted into an indefinite
suspension. No objections were filed, and this cause was
considered by the court.
consideration thereof, it is ordered and adjudged by this
court that pursuant to Gov.Bar R. V(14)(E)(1), respondent,
Jeffrey Shane Brumbaugh, Attorney Registration No. 0074102,
last known business address in Troy, Ohio, is indefinitely
suspended from the practice of law.
further ordered that respondent immediately cease and desist
from the practice of law in any form and that respondent is
hereby forbidden to appear on behalf of another before any
court, judge, commission, board, administrative agency, or
other public authority.
further ordered that respondent is hereby forbidden to
counsel, advise, or prepare legal instruments for others or
in any manner perform legal services for others.
further ordered that respondent is hereby divested of each,
any, and all of the rights, privileges, and prerogatives
customarily accorded to a member in good standing of the
legal profession of Ohio.
further ordered that before entering into an employment,
contractual, or consulting relationship with any attorney or
law firm, respondent shall verify that the attorney or law
firm has complied with the registration requirements of
Gov.Bar R. V(23)(C). If employed pursuant to Gov.Bar R.
V(23), respondent shall refrain from direct client contact
except as provided in Gov.Bar R. V(23)(A)(1) and from
receiving, disbursing, or otherwise handling any client trust
funds or property.
further ordered that pursuant to Gov.Bar R. X(13), respondent
shall complete one credit hour of continuing legal education
for each month, or portion of a month, of the suspension. As
part of the total credit hours of continuing legal education
required by Gov.Bar R. X(I3), respondent shall complete one
credit hour of instruction related to professional conduct
required by Gov.Bar R. X(3)(B) for each six months, or
portion of six months, of the suspension.
further ordered by the court that within 90 days of the date
of this order, respondent shall reimburse any amounts that
have been awarded against respondent by the Lawyers' Fund
for Client Protection pursuant to Gov.Bar R. VIII(7)(F). It
is further ordered by the court that if after the date of
this order, the Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection
awards any amount against respondent pursuant to Gov.Bar R.
VIII(7)(F), respondent shall reimburse that amount to the
Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection within 90 days of the
notice of that award.
further ordered that respondent shall not be reinstated to
the practice of law in Ohio until (1) respondent complies
with the requirements for reinstatement set forth in the
Supreme Court Rules for the Government of the Bar of Ohio,
(2) respondent complies with the Supreme Court Rules for the
Government of the Bar of Ohio, (3) respondent complies with
this and all other orders of the court, and (4) this court
orders respondent reinstated.
further ordered that on or before 30 days from the date of
this order, respondent shall do the following:
1. Notify all clients being represented in pending matters
and any co-counsel of respondent's suspension and
consequent disqualification to act as an attorney after the
effective date of this order and, in the absence of
co-counsel, also notify the clients to seek legal service
elsewhere, calling attention to any urgency in seeking the
substitution of another attorney in respondent's place;
2. Regardless of any fees or expenses due, deliver to all
clients being represented in pending matters any papers or
other property pertaining to the client or notify the clients
or co-counsel, if any, of a suitable time and place where the
papers or other property may be obtained, calling attention
to any urgency for obtaining such papers or other property;
3. Refund any part of any fees or expenses paid in advance
that are unearned or not paid and account for any trust money
or property in the ...