Submitted April 18, 2018
Certified Order of the Supreme Court of West Virginia, No.
1} This cause is pending before the Supreme Court of
Ohio in accordance with the reciprocal-discipline provisions
of Gov.Bar R. V(20).
2} On April 18, 2018, relator, disciplinary counsel,
filed with this court a certified copy of an order of the
Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia entered August 30,
2017, in Lawyer Disciplinary Board v. Mark A.
Thomas, in case No. 17-0131, disbarring respondent by
consent. On April 20, 2018, this court ordered respondent to
show cause why identical or comparable discipline should not
be imposed in this state. No objections to said final report
were filed, and this cause was considered by the court.
3} On consideration thereof, it is ordered and
adjudged by this court that pursuant to Gov.Bar R. V(20)(B),
respondent, Mark Alan Thomas, Attorney Registration No.
0037922, last known business address in St. Clairsville,
Ohio, is suspended from the practice of law for a period of
five years. It is further ordered that respondent will not be
reinstated to the practice of law in Ohio until such time as
respondent is reinstated to the practice of law in the state
of West Virginia.
4} It is further ordered that respondent immediately
cease and desist from the practice of law in any form and is
forbidden to appear on behalf of another before any court,
judge, commission, board, administrative agency, or other
5} It is further ordered that respondent is
forbidden to counsel, advise, or prepare legal instruments
for others or in any manner perform legal services for
6} It is further ordered that respondent is 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.
7} 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.
8} 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
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 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.
10} 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 files evidence with the clerk of this court and
with disciplinary counsel demonstrating his reinstatement to
the practice of law in West Virginia, (4) respondent complies
with this and all other orders issued by this court, and (5)
this court orders respondent reinstated.
11} It is further ordered that on or before 30 days
from the date of this order, respondent shall do the
12} 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 ...