On Friday, January 12, 2024, the Ohio Supreme Court indefinitely suspended attorney Phyllis Elaine Brooks from practicing law in the state due to her failure to respond to a formal disciplinary complaint.
The case is entitled “Cleveland Metro Bar Association v. Phyllis Elaine Brooks,” with case no. 2024-Ohio-88.
In August 2023, the Board of Professional Conduct filed a complaint with the Supreme Court alleging Brooks had violated various rules of professional conduct. However, Brooks did not file an answer to the complaint as required. As a result, the court issued an interim default suspension on September 5, 2023, which immediately ceased Brooks’ legal practice and representation of clients.
On January 12, 2024, the Supreme Court approved converting the interim suspension into an indefinite suspension. The court’s order accepted the Board of Professional Conduct’s motion to impose the suspension after Brooks again failed to provide any response contesting the allegations.
The indefinite suspension prohibits Brooks from practicing law in Ohio until further court order. She is barred from representing clients, advising on legal matters, or performing any duties that require bar membership. Brooks must also notify current clients, return client files and funds, and inform the courts of her suspension.
The Disposition states:
“On consideration thereof, it is ordered and adjudged by this court that pursuant to Gov.Bar R. V(14)(E)(l), respondent, Phyllis Elaine Brooks, Attorney Registration No. 0015199, last known business address in Cleveland, Ohio, is indefinitely suspended from the practice of law.”
According to avvo.com, Ms. Brooks is a divorce and separation attorney in Cleveland, Ohio. She attended the Cleveland State University – Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. She acquired her law license in Ohio in 1981.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.