On Friday, December 8, 2023, the Board of Professional Conduct of the Supreme Court of Ohio recommended that Attorney Nathaniel Earl Wilkinson be publicly reprimanded for violating ethics rules during his appointment as a guardian ad litem in a juvenile court case.
The case is entitled “In the Matter of Nathaniel Earl Wilkinson,” with case no. 2023-019.
The charges cited Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct 8.4(d) and 8.4(h) which states:
Conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice.
Conduct that reflects adversely on fitness to practice law.
The Rules of Professional Conduct can be found here.
The Board of Professional Conduct found Wilkinson violated ethical rules when he met with the children’s mother at her adult entertainment job in January 2020. During the meeting, Wilkinson bought the mother a beer and gave her $40, despite knowing she had substance abuse issues. In May 2020, Wilkinson provided the mother with draft reports about the case that pressured her to admit drug use.
At a July 16, 2020, hearing, Wilkinson admitted he had no evidence to back up unsupported allegations in the reports. He also acknowledged buying the mother alcohol even though he expressed substance abuse concerns. The children’s mother’s attorney moved to remove Wilkinson as GAL, but the motion was denied. Wilkinson was later disqualified as GAL in March 2022.
The Board recognized Wilkinson had no prior discipline and cooperated fully with their investigation. However, they noted the misconduct harmed the vulnerable victim. Considering previous cases, the Board recommended Wilkinson receive a public reprimand.
The recommendation states:
“Pursuant to Gov. Bar R. V, Section 12, the Board of Professional Conduct considered this matter on December 8, 2023. The Board voted to accept the agreement entered into by Relator and Respondent and recommends that Respondent, Nathaniel Earl Wilkinson, be publicly reprimanded. The Board incurred no expenses in the adjudication of this matter.”
According to avvo.com, Mr. Wilkinson is a juvenile law attorney in Medina, Ohio. He attended the Cleveland State University. He acquired his law license in Ohio in 2017.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.