On Friday, November 17, 2023, the Supreme Court of Ohio accepted the resignation of attorney Austin Roan Buttars with disciplinary action pending. Buttars was ordered to cease practicing law in Ohio and was forbidden from appearing before any court or tribunal in the state.
The case is entitled “In the Matter of Austin Roan Buttars,” with case no. 2023-1361.
Buttars applied for retirement or resignation under Gov.Bar R. VI(11) on October 25, 2023. Following the application, the court accepted the resignation. As part of the court’s order, Buttars is prohibited from entering into any employment, contractual, or consulting relationship with any attorney or law firm that he was associated with at the time of the misconduct. He must also surrender his certificate of admission to practice to the clerk of the court within 30 days and reimburse any amounts awarded against him by the Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection.
Furthermore, Buttars must notify all clients being represented in pending matters and any co-counsel of his resignation and consequent disqualification to act as an attorney. He must also refrain from direct client contact and handling any client trust funds or property, except as provided in Gov.Bar R. V(23)(A)(1).
Finally, the court ordered Buttars to file an affidavit showing compliance with the order and to keep the clerk and disciplinary counsel advised of any change of address where he may receive communications.
The Disposition states:
“On consideration thereof, it is ordered by the court that pursuant to Gov.Bar R. VI(11)(C), the resignation as an attorney and counselor at law is accepted as a resignation with disciplinary action pending.”
Prior to his resignation, Buttars already received a suspension from the Supreme Court of Ohio on March 1, 2023, over a felony conviction. The suspension was ordered under Ohio Gov Bar Rule V(18) and follows a previous indefinite suspension of Buttars on April 21, 2020, for a fourth-degree felony theft conviction.
According to avvo.com, Mr. Buttars was a consumer protection attorney in Dublin, Ohio. He acquired his law license in Ohio in 2013.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.