Submitted January 30, 2018
Certification of Default.
1} On January 30, 2018, and pursuant to Gov.Bar R.
V(14)(A), the Board of Professional Conduct filed with this
court a certification of default, alleging that respondent,
Rebecca Jo Austin, failed to file an answer to a formal
complaint pending before the board. Respondent did not file a
2} Upon consideration thereof and pursuant to
Gov.Bar R. V(14)(B)(1), it is ordered and decreed that an
interim default suspension is immediately entered against
Rebecca Jo Austin, Attorney Registration No. 0088694, last
known business address in Lakewood, Ohio, and that the
suspension is effective as of the date of this entry.
3} It is further ordered that respondent immediately
cease and desist from the practice of law in any form and
that she is hereby forbidden to appear on behalf of another
before any court, judge, commission, board, administrative
agency, or other public authority.
4} It is further ordered that effective immediately,
respondent is forbidden to counsel, advise, or prepare legal
instruments for others or in any manner perform legal
services for others.
5} It is 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.
6} It is 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.
7} It is 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(13),
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
8} It is 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 this and all
other orders issued by this court, (3) respondent complies
with the Supreme Court Rules for the Government of the Bar of
Ohio, and (4) this court orders respondent reinstated.
9} It is further ordered by the court that within 90
days of the date of this order, respondent shall reimburse
any amounts that have been awarded 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.
10} It is further ordered that on or before 30 days
from the date of this order, respondent shall do the
11} 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
12} 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 ...