On November 27, 2023, the Toledo Bar Association filed a complaint against attorney Tyrone Riley following his guilty plea to one count of Hobbs Act Extortion Under Color of Official Right, a federal offense.

The case is entitled “Toledo Bar Association v. Tyrone Riley” with case number 2023-041.

The cited violations involve Rules 8.4(b), (e), and (h) of the Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct.

On December 16, 2022, Riley entered a guilty plea, and on September 5, 2023, he was adjudicated guilty by the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. The court sentenced him to 24 months of imprisonment and one year of supervised release.

In response to Riley’s conviction, the Ohio Supreme Court took swift action, issuing an order on September 15, 2023, to suspend him from the practice of law on an interim basis. The matter was then referred to the Toledo Bar Association for further investigation and proceedings.

The complaint alleges that Riley’s conduct violated several Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct. Specifically, the association asserts that Riley’s conviction for Hobbs Act Extortion reflects adversely on his honesty and trustworthiness, constituting a violation of the aforementioned rules.

The Toledo Bar Association has requested disciplinary action against Riley, citing Rule V of the Rules for the Government of the Bar of Ohio.

The complaint states:

“WHEREFORE, pursuant to Gov. Bar R. V and the Rules of Professional Conduct, Relator alleges that Respondent is chargeable with misconduct, and Relator requests that Respondent be disciplined pursuant to Rule V of the Rules for the Government of the Bar of Ohio.”

According to Avvo, Mr. Riley is a criminal defense attorney in Toledo, Ohio. He attended the Southern University Law Center and obtained his law license in Ohio in 1985.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.