Edward Brueggeman, who had been practicing law in Ohio for over 50 years, resigned from the state bar on November 17, 2023, after facing allegations of professional misconduct.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Edward Paul Brueggeman,” with case no. 2023-1356.

In a court order accepting his resignation “with disciplinary action pending,” the Supreme Court of Ohio stripped Brueggeman of his license to practice law in the state. Brueggeman had been licensed in Ohio since November 1972.

The resignation came months after the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association filed a formal complaint against Brueggeman with the Board of Professional Conduct of the Supreme Court on August 30, 2023. The complaint alleged multiple violations of Ohio’s Rules of Professional Conduct.

The association accused Brueggeman of continuing to operate as an estate co-administrator and engage in legal activities after his license was suspended in April 2020. It cited two estates – Wells and Breitfelder – where Brueggeman allegedly misrepresented his legal status and drafted legal documents while under suspension.

According to the complaint, Brueggeman also refused to cooperate with the association’s disciplinary investigation into his conduct, failing to respond to inquiries on multiple occasions. Additionally, he supposedly falsely claimed that his prior suspension was merely an oversight when representing a client in a divorce case while his license was administratively suspended.

The complaint noted this wasn’t the first time Brueggeman had faced disciplinary actions over his legal career. If found guilty, he could have faced sanctions ranging from another suspension to full disbarment from practicing law in Ohio.

However, before the Board of Professional Conduct could hold disciplinary hearings and rule on the allegations, Brueggeman chose to resign his law license instead. As part of accepting his resignation, the Supreme Court order required Brueggeman to formally notify his clients, turn over client files, and refund any unearned fees. Brueggeman must also reimburse the Ohio Lawyers’ Fund if it paid out any claims against him.

According to avvo.com, Mr. Brueggman was a construction and development attorney in Mason, Ohio. He is the founder of the Brueggeman Law Office.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.