On Wednesday, February 14, 2024, the Disciplinary Counsel filed a formal complaint with the Board of Professional Conduct of the Supreme Court of Ohio against Worthington attorney Ric Daniell alleging multiple violations of Ohio Rules for Professional Conduct.

The case is entitled “Disciplinary Counsel vs. Ric Daniell, Esq.,” with case number 2024-006.

The complaint details two separate matters where Daniell is accused of neglecting client cases, improperly using client funds, practicing law while under suspension, and failing to cooperate with the disciplinary investigation.

In the first matter, Daniell was retained in December 2022 to handle the estate of Rosetta Snyder on behalf of her granddaughter and sole heir, Brandi Craven. The complaint alleges that Daniell failed to timely file paperwork transferring ownership of Snyder’s home to Craven, despite her need to sell the property. Craven had difficulty contacting Daniell for over a month as the sale closing date approached. By the time the paperwork was finally filed, Craven had filed a grievance against Daniell.

The second matter involves Shannon Vance, who retained Daniell in June 2023 to handle her divorce and bankruptcy case. Vance paid Daniell $1,700 in fees, but the complaint states he failed to deposit any of the funds in his client trust account. Daniell is accused of neglecting the collection lawsuit filed against Vance and practicing law while his license was suspended in September 2023. He is also accused of failing to notify Vance of the suspension.

Both clients allege Daniell became unresponsive and failed to provide case status updates when requested. The complaint further states that Daniell twice failed to provide his client files when subpoenaed as part of the disciplinary investigation.

If found guilty of the rule violations, Daniell could face additional sanctions on top of his current suspension. This suspension was imposed in September 2023 for 18 months with 12 months stayed for prior misconduct issues including client neglect, improper use of his IOLTA account, and failure to cooperate. Daniell was previously suspended in 2014 for one year, with six months stayed for similar offenses.

A hearing on the new formal complaint will be scheduled before the Board of Professional Conduct. Daniell has waived his right to contest probable cause. He will have the opportunity to respond to the allegations and present a defense at the formal hearing before any final determination is made.

According to Avvo, Mr. Daniell is a bankruptcy and debt attorney in Columbus, Ohio. He attended the University of Toledo College of Law. He obtained his law license in Ohio in 1978.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.