Lawson loses law license
Cincinnati lawyer Ken Lawson must give up his legal practice until the Ohio Supreme Court decides what to do about charges he mishandled cases while addicted to drugs.
The court suspended Lawson's law license Tuesday pending the outcome of disciplinary proceedings involving at least 11 clients.
The Cincinnati Bar Association, which filed a complaint against Lawson earlier this year on behalf of seven clients, requested the "interim suspension" after receiving four more complaints. The bar association also found that at least 13 civil cases have been dismissed since 2005 because of Lawson's neglect.
"We thought there might be a danger to a number of clients if he continued to practice," Cincinnati Bar Association director John Norwine said.
One can only imagine the damage he has done to his own clients, let alone the people that has sued with frivolous lawsuits. The frivolous lawsuit he filed on behalf of Dale Mallory against the West End Community Council read like it was written by a fourth grader. Not it turns out it was just written by an incompetent attorney on crack.
Lawson has told The Enquirer and the Supreme Court's disciplinary counsel that he was addicted to drugs for years and it affected his job performance. He said the drugs he took included painkillers, marijuana and cocaine.
Several clients have sued him and filed complaints against him, accusing him of mishandling their cases, failing to show up for court dates and accepting payment for work he did not do.
Lawson's continued practice of law "poses a substantial risk of serious harm to the public," the complaint states.
The complaint also says Lawson initially lied to disciplinary counsel investigators about his problems, telling them that he suffered from multiple sclerosis when, in fact, he was using drugs.
Real classy to claim he had MS to get sympathy to cover up his actions. It is reprehensible behavior. Every person that he has ever defended now has a legitimate right to appeal. This could cost the tax-payers millions to give this people new trials.
A precedent already exists for this. A few years ago a Judge gave a man a new trial because he was so poorly defended by none other than Ken Lawson. He should have lost his law license right then. This is not the first time he has screwed his own clients. Now that he has done it again he deserves his law license for good.
Ken Lawson was never a community activist or “man for the people”; he is just a crackhead that is out for nobody from himself. He has screwed over his own clients, many of whom know little about the legal system and put both their faith and their fate in his hands. That trust has been broken again and again. I can’t imagine how many lives he has wrecked with this reckless behavior.
This guy has had his second chance already. It is time for him to go.