Attorney Ian Friedman has secured a new victory in the Ohio Supreme Court on behalf of one his
clients. In the case of Attorney B.L.A., who faced a wide range of potential
sanctions, including permanent disbarment, the Ohio Supreme Court adopted
the resolution recommended by the parties: one-year suspension with six
months stayed. Attorney Friedman told Law.com that he was pleased with
the decision and confident that his clients' inappropriate behavior
was behind him. "I’m confident in saying it’s an aberrant
instance," Attorney Friedman said. "This happened some time
According to ABA Journal, B.L.A. was fired from his law firm in August 2013. Following that firing,
he wrote to the firm founder asking for a letter of recommendation. When
the founder didn't respond, B.L.A. wrote back threatening to contact
the firm's clients to "bad mouth" the founder and "try
and steal them away or to terminate the services of the firm."
When the firm's founder rebuffed the threat, B.L.A. used his old login
credentials to log into the firm's email system and delete the threatening
emails and the others he had sent following his firing. While he initially
denied deleting the emails, he later admitted to doing so in a disciplinary hearing.
While B.L.A.'s actions were inappropriate, Attorney Friedman made sure
that the court was aware that he had no prior record of discipline. In
the end, the Ohio Supreme Court agreed that serious sanctions weren't
appropriate and instead provided the recommended one-year suspension.
We congratulate Attorney Friedman on this victory and know that he will
continue to provide effective and adamant advocacy to his clients—even
when he has to face the higher courts to do so.
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