A Lorain County attorney could be held in contempt of court by the Ohio Supreme Court after he continued to practice law after being suspended for professional misconduct.
Jeffrey Weir has been given 10 days to file a written response on why he should not be held in contempt, according to a court order Wednesday signed by Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor.
In October, the Ohio Supreme Court’s Board of Professional Conduct recommended Weir be suspended for 12 months from practicing law with six months stayed. The Lorain County Bar Association filed a complaint regarding Weir’s “failure to act with reasonable diligence and promptness with regard to fund received in a settlement to his client, keep his client reasonably informed, inform the client that he did not have professional liability insurance and respond to letters of inquiry and assist in the investigation,” according to court documents.
On March 1, the Supreme Court suspended Weir and ordered him to “immediately cease and desist from the practice of law in any form” and he was “forbidden to appear on behalf of another before any court, judge, commission, board, administrative agency or other public authority,” according to court documents.
The court also ordered Weir to notify all clients he currently was representing of his suspension and disqualification to act as an attorney.
However, in a filing made by the Lorain County Bar Association on April 15, it is alleged that Weir failed to follow the Supreme Court’s order and continued to practice law.
One of Weir’s clients in a bankruptcy case said he received notification from the United States Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Ohio, that Weir’s privileges to practice law had been revoked, but he never received notice from Weir.
Instead, Weir sent text messages to the client stating he was continuing to work on the case and asking the client for payment for his services, according to court documents.
Court documents also show another bankruptcy client of Weir’s stated she did not receive notice from him about his suspension, but instead received a letter from the Bankruptcy Court.
Weir also allegedly made court filings in the United States Bankruptcy Court as an attorney March 5, four days after his suspension had been ordered by the Supreme Court.