On Monday, February 26, 2024, the Disciplinary Counsel in Ohio filed charges against local attorney Rebekah Glover, alleging various violations of the state’s rules of professional conduct in her representation of a local non-profit ministry.

The case is entitled “Disciplinary Counsel v. Rebekah Jill Glover,” with case no. 2024-007.

The charges cited Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct 1.3, 1.4(a)(4), 1.15(a), 1.16(d)(e), and 8.1(a), which states:

A lawyer shall act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client.

A lawyer shall comply as soon as practicable with reasonable requests for information from the client.

A lawyer shall hold property of clients or third persons that is in a lawyer’s possession in connection with a representation separate from the lawyer’s own property.

As part of the termination of representation, a lawyer shall take steps, to the extent reasonably practicable, to protect a client’s interest

A lawyer who withdraws from employment shall refund promptly any part of a fee paid in advance that has not been earned.

In connection with a disciplinary matter, a lawyer shall not knowingly make a false statement of material fact.

The Rules of Professional Conduct can be found here.

The complaint, filed with the Board of Professional Conduct, centers around Glover’s six-month legal services agreement with Amy Parker and her organization Luke 3:11 Ministries. Glover was retained in August 2022 to provide general legal advice for a $500 monthly fee. However, over the next several months, Parker grew increasingly frustrated with Glover’s lack of communication and failure to action items on important startup issues for the ministry.

The complaint outlines alleged failures by Glover to promptly respond to Parker’s emails or follow up on research requests regarding matters like signing a lease, obtaining proper licensing, and understanding rules around marketing. Despite Parker paying $2,500 total under their agreement, little progress seems to have been made on the matters central to allowing the ministry to fully begin operations.

In February 2023, Glover refunded Parker $500 for the final month of unfulfilled work. However, she then ceased all communication, ignoring Parker’s attempts to have outstanding issues resolved or get clarity on the status of her work. The complaint accuses Glover of knowingly providing false statements to the Disciplinary Counsel when asked about her abrupt end to the representation without properly notifying Parker.

If the Board finds violations of Ohio’s rules around diligence, communication, safekeeping client funds, and truthfulness, Glover could face penalties. However, she has already waived her right to a probable cause hearing, indicating she does not dispute the allegations.

The complaint states:

“Relator requests that respondent be found in violation of the Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct and be sanctioned accordingly.”

According to avvo.com, Ms. Glover is an energy & utilities attorney in Greenville, Ohio. She acquired her law license in Ohio in 2012. 

A copy of the original filing can be found here.