On Tuesday, October 31, 2023, a formal complaint against attorney Scott David Bissell was filed by the Disciplinary Counsel before the Supreme Court of Ohio. The complaint alleges that Bissell violated the Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct and the Supreme Court Rules for the Government of the Bar of Ohio.
The case is entitled “Disciplinary Counsel v. Scott David Bissell,” with case no. 2023-037.
The charges cited Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct 8.4(c) and 8.4(h) which states:
A lawyer shall not engage in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation.
A lawyer shall not engage in any other conduct that adversely reflects on the lawyer’s fitness to practice law.
The Rules of Professional Conduct can be found here.
According to the complaint, on February 1, 2023, Bissell was involved in a road rage incident with another driver, Cynthia Reeves Stevens, on Far Hills Avenue in Centerville. Stevens told police that Bissell cut her off in traffic, forcing her to slam on her brakes. When they stopped at a red light, Stevens honked her horn to alert Bissell, and he responded by getting out of his car and approaching Stevens’ vehicle. Bissell then spit on Stevens’ face and threatened her, saying he was a police officer and had a gun in his car. He also told Stevens that he would kill her if she did not have insurance.
A witness to the incident, Ricardo Belton, was stopped at the same light. He said he saw Bissell spit into Stevens’ car before she inadvertently hit his vehicle. Stevens called 911 and reported the incident to police.
Centerville Police Department Officer Scott Thomas responded to the scene. He said Stevens was visibly upset and recounted the events. Bissell denied spitting and claimed Stevens intentionally hit his car. However, Thomas also spoke to Belton, who corroborated Stevens’ version of events. Bissell was issued a citation for disorderly conduct.
On February 9, 2023, Bissell pleaded not guilty and proceeded to a bench trial. The judge found him guilty and sentenced him to a $50 fine. Bissell paid the fine but failed to report the incident to Butler County Prosecuting Attorney Michael Gmoser, as required by office policy.
It was not until March 2023 that agents from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation notified Gmoser’s office of Bissell’s conviction. Gmoser obtained case records and met with Bissell, who resigned shortly after on March 20, 2023, to avoid a termination investigation.
Bissell did appeal his conviction in late March 2023 but the appeal was dismissed in June 2023 for lack of prosecution. Disciplinary Counsel filed a formal complaint against Bissell for violating ethics rules regarding honesty and conduct reflecting poorly on his fitness as a lawyer.
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, Mr. Bissell is a criminal defense attorney in Kettering, Ohio. He attended the University Of Dayton. He acquired his law license in Ohio in 2009.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.