Disciplinary Counsel v. Domis, 032119 OHSC, 2018-1753

Docket Nº:2018-1753
Opinion Judge:PER CURIAM.
Party Name:Disciplinary Counsel v. Domis.
Attorney:Scott J. Drexel, Disciplinary Counsel, for relator. Christian Brian Domis, pro se.
Judge Panel:O'CONNOR, C.J., and KENNEDY, FRENCH, FISCHER, DEWINE, DONNELLY, and STEWART, JJ., concur.
Case Date:March 21, 2019
Court:Supreme Court of Ohio
 
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2019-Ohio-955

Disciplinary Counsel

v.

Domis.

No. 2018-1753

Supreme Court of Ohio

March 21, 2019

Submitted January 9, 2019

On Certified Report by the Board of Professional Conduct of the Supreme Court, No. 2018-041.

Scott J. Drexel, Disciplinary Counsel, for relator.

Christian Brian Domis, pro se.

PER CURIAM.

{¶ 1} Respondent, Christian Brian Domis, of Cincinnati, Ohio, Attorney Registration No. 0069905, was admitted to the practice of law in Ohio in November 1998.

{¶ 2} In a formal complaint certified to the Board of Professional Conduct on July 31, 2018, relator, disciplinary counsel, charged Domis with several ethical violations relating to the representation of a single client. A panel of the board considered the cause on the parties' consent-to-discipline agreement. See Gov.Bar R. V(16).

{¶ 3} In their consent agreement, the parties stipulated that Domis was assigned to represent Joel J. Reissig Jr. by the National Freedom Project ("NFP") a few days before Reissig's arraignment. Reissig had signed an agreement with NFP to provide legal counsel to defend him in a criminal proceeding in Hardin County Common Pleas Court. Reissig paid NFP $3, 500, but Domis did not receive any money from either Reissig or NFP for his representation.

{¶ 4} On October 18, 2017, the day of Reissig's arraignment, Domis was late to court. When Domis arrived, the judge told him that he could not appear on Reissig's behalf because the Supreme Court of Ohio's website indicated that he was not currently registered as an attorney. The judge continued the arraignment for six days. In the interim, Domis contacted the Supreme Court's Office of Attorney Services and was advised that he owed a $50 late-registration fee for the 2017/2019 biennium, because he had paid his attorney-registration fee after the September 1 deadline established by Gov.Bar R. VI(2). Domis promptly paid the $50 fee before the expiration of the 60-day grace period provided by Gov.Bar R. VI(10)(A) and appeared at Reissig's arraignment. The court scheduled a status conference for December 12, 2017, a pretrial conference for January 4, 2018, and a...

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