On Friday, January 26, 2024, the Ohio Supreme Court reinstated attorney John Robert Estadt to the practice of law. The court, having suspended Estadt for six months on July 12, 2023, now finds that he has fulfilled the requirements for reinstatement.

The case is entitled “Disciplinary Counsel v. Estadt” with case number 2024-Ohio-273.

On July 12, 2023, the Supreme Court of Ohio suspended Estadt for six months following violations of professional conduct rules related to his administration of a probate estate with unclaimed funds. The case cited breaches of Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct, including conflicts of interest, making false statements to a tribunal, engaging in dishonesty or misrepresentation, and conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice. Estadt inflated legal fees retroactively, presenting an application without disclosing actual hours or rates. The probate court found the fees grossly excessive. The court, considering ethical violations and relevant factors, ordered the six-month suspension.

On January 26, 2024, the high court issued an order finding Estadt had complied with the terms of his suspension and the bar rule requirements for reinstatement. The seven justices of the court agreed Estadt could practice law once more in Ohio. He is now permitted to represent clients again after having his license taken away for half a year.

According to Avvo, Mr. Estadt is a business attorney in Saint Clairsville, Ohio. He attended the Case Western Reserve University School of Law. He obtained his law license in Ohio in 1983.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.