The Disciplinary Counsel filed a complaint on December 15, 2023, against Attorney Jeffrey Charles Miller before the Board of Professional Conduct of the Ohio Supreme Court. The complaint alleges two counts of professional misconduct from cases Miller handled.

The case is entitled “Disciplinary Counsel v. Jeffrey Charles Miller,” with case no. 2023-043.

The charges cited Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct 8.4(c) which states:

It is professional misconduct for a lawyer to engage in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation.

The Rules of Professional Conduct can be found here.

According to a complaint, Miller was retained by Robert and Jennifer Ferns in October 2020 to represent them in a lawsuit against contractor Mark Price over an unfinished home renovation project. Miller filed the lawsuit on behalf of the Fernses on January 19, 2021. However, the complaint alleges Miller then failed to respond to discovery requests from the opposing counsel, did not inform the Fernses when court dates changed, and agreed in March 2022 to dismiss the case without the client’s consent or knowledge.

The complaint also details how Miller represented Alex Pratt and his company Good Boy Vodka starting in 2021. In April 2022, Miller had a colleague at his former law firm Brennan, Manna & Diamond file a lawsuit for Pratt in Michigan, where Miller is not licensed. Subsequently, Miller allegedly misrepresented his colleague Kathryn Hickner when he had a letter sent to a state licensing agency regarding Good Boy Vodka with Hickner’s electronic signature without her knowledge or consent.

According to the complaint, in both cases, Miller failed to properly communicate with clients, missed court deadlines, and improperly ended legal proceedings. His former employer placed him on leave and he subsequently resigned in September 2022. Miller self-reported the incidents to the realtor and is under investigation for allegedly violating rules regarding diligence, client communication, and consent.

The complaint and certificate 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. Miller is a business attorney in Cleveland, Ohio. He attended the Notre Dame Law School. He acquired his law license in Ohio in 1997.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.