On Monday, November 6, 2023, the Ohio Supreme Court issued an order directing Attorney Steven Scott Fannin to show cause for why he should not receive an interim default suspension of his law license.
The case is entitled “In the Matter of Steven Scott Fannin,” with case number 2023-1400.
According to the court filing, the Board of Professional Conduct certified that Fannin failed to file an answer to a pending formal complaint. Under Rule V(14) of the Rules of Governor of the Bar, an attorney can be subject to a suspension when they default on responding to disciplinary charges.
While the court document does not specify the allegations against Fannin, it notes that the Board filed a “certification of default” regarding a complaint that was pending before them. The order gives Fannin 20 days to file any objections to the default certification along with a supporting brief. Opposing counsel with the Disciplinary Counsel’s office then has 15 days to respond with an answer brief if objections are made.
If no objections are filed within the required timeframe, the Supreme Court will rule on entering an appropriate order, which may include an immediate interim suspension of Fannin’s law license until a full disciplinary hearing can be held.
The November 6th order, issued by Chief Justice Sharon L. Kennedy, also establishes filing guidelines for all documents submitted to the court in this case. It notes that the Rules of Practice of the Supreme Court of Ohio will apply to service and any other proceedings.
The order to show cause states:
“On consideration thereof, it is ordered by the court that the parties show cause why an interim default suspension should not be imposed by the court and the disciplinary order so entered.”
According to avvo.com, Mr. Fannin is an estate planning attorney in Akron, Ohio. He attended the University of Akron. He acquired his law license in Ohio in 2010.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.