Submitted May 8, 2018
Certification of Default.
1} The Board of Professional Conduct filed a
certification of default in the office of the clerk of this
court on September 6, 2017. On October 2, 2017, this court
imposed an interim default suspension upon respondent, Thomas
Christopher Brown, pursuant to Gov.Bar R. V(14)(B)(1). The
parties were ordered to show cause why the interim default
suspension should not be converted into an indefinite
suspension. No objections were filed, and this cause was
considered by the court.
2} On consideration thereof, it is ordered and
adjudged by this court that pursuant to Gov.Bar R.
V(14)(E)(1), respondent, Thomas Christopher Brown, Attorney
Registration No. 0024054, last known address in Geneva, Ohio,
is indefinitely suspended from the practice of law.
3} It is 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.
4} It is further ordered that respondent is hereby
forbidden to counsel, advise, or prepare legal instruments
for others or in any manner perform legal services for
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 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.
9} 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 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.
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 ...