On Tuesday, February 13, 2024, the Supreme Court of Ohio accepted the resignation of attorney Robert James Leon amid pending disciplinary action.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Robert James Leon,” with case no. 2024-0118.

Leon had applied to retire or resign under Rule VI of the Rules for the Government of the Bar of Ohio. This allows attorneys to resign in lieu of further disciplinary action. The Office of Disciplinary Counsel reviewed the application and provided a sealed report with its findings to the Court.

In a decision, the Supreme Court accepted Leon’s resignation as an attorney with disciplinary proceedings still pending. This means Leon is no longer able to practice law or represent clients in Ohio. The order strips Leon of all privileges extended to practicing attorneys and forbids him from performing any legal services.

The Court also imposed further requirements on Leon as a result of his resignation. He must reimburse any funds awarded against him by the Ohio Lawyers’ Fund and notify clients of his disqualification to provide legal counsel. In addition, Leon is prohibited from entering employment with any law firm he was associated with prior to his misconduct.

Going forward, Leon is obligated to comply with notice and filing requirements outlined by the Supreme Court. These include notifying current clients, returning client documents, and refunding any unearned fees. He must also file affidavits confirming his compliance with the order before being allowed to receive communications on his case.

The Disposition states:

“On consideration thereof, it is ordered by the court that pursuant to Gov.Bar R. VI(I I)(C), the resignation as an attorney and counselor at law is accepted as a resignation with disciplinary action pending.”

According to avvo.com, Mr. Leon was a bankruptcy & debt attorney in Westerville, Ohio. He attended the Capital University Law School, graduating in 2003. He acquired his law license in Ohio in 2004.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.