Ohio Supreme Court

Disbars Attorney Hickman

Presented By

Bonnie M. Wells



Supreme Court Disbars Attorney

Aug. 18, 2008

2008-0398. Toledo Bar Assn. v. Hickman, Slip Opinion No. 2008-Ohio-3837.

On Certified Report by the Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline, No. 07-039. Gregg D. Hickman, Attorney Registration No. 0020032, is permanently disbarred from the practice of law in Ohio.

Moyer, C.J., and Pfeifer, Lundberg Stratton, O'Connor, O'Donnell, and Cupp, JJ., concur.

Lanzinger, J., not participating.

Opinion: http://www.supremecourtofohio.gov/rod/docs/pdf/0/2008/2008-Ohio-3837.pdf

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(Aug. 6, 2008) The law license of Toledo attorney Gregg D. Hickman, which has been under suspension since December 2005 for prior acts of professional misconduct, was permanently revoked by the Supreme Court of Ohio today as a result of additional violations of state attorney discipline rules in his handling of legal matters for three different clients

In today’s unanimous per curiam decision, the Court adopted findings by the Board of Commissioners on Grievances & Discipline that Hickman falsely informed one client that he had conducted discovery in the client’s case and that a pre-trial hearing and a trial date had been scheduled when they had not, improperly accepted a $1,500 fee advance from another client while he was under suspension and failed to inform that client that additional grievances were pending against him, and failed to refund unearned portions of fee advances totaling $22,500 he had collected from a client in a divorce action prior to his first suspension from practice in 2005.

In light of the aggravating factors that Hickman has been sanctioned for similar misconduct on two prior occasions, acted with a dishonest or selfish motive, engaged in a pattern of misconduct involving multiple clients and failed to make restitution, the Court agreed with the board’s recommendation that the appropriate sanction for his most recent violations was permanent disbarment.

Contacts

Michael Jilek, 419.242.4969, for the Toledo Bar Association.

Gregg D. Hickman, pro se: 419.843.9883.

 





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