Biography

Jonathan brings a wealth of experience to the firm’s Professional Responsibility and Disciplinary Proceedings practice. Serving the longest tenure in state history, Jonathan served as Disciplinary Counsel for the Supreme Court of Ohio for 16 years. He is well-versed in all aspects pertaining to the ethical responsibilities of Ohio lawyers and judges, investigations of ethical matters, defense of misconduct complaints and complex ethical issues. In addition to his extensive professional experience, Jonathan is also an adjunct professor at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law where he teaches professional responsibility. He joined Kegler Brown in 2014.

Professional Responsibility and Disciplinary Proceedings

Jonathan assists clients in every area of professional responsibility, including, but not limited to: preventative ethics counseling; expert services, including consultation and testimony; and representation of lawyers and judges in disciplinary matters. In addition to having an active caseload during his 16-year tenure as Disciplinary Counsel, Jonathan was responsible annually for approximately 2800 grievances, 1400 investigations and 45 formal complaints. This depth of experience provides Jonathan’s clients with an unparalleled level of sophistication about ethical concerns and the disciplinary process.

Litigation

Jonathan has practiced civil and criminal litigation since the beginning of his career. His scope of work includes more than 70 jury trials and carries across Ohio, New Hampshire and New York, where he served in roles that include public defender, bureau chief in the District Attorney’s office, disciplinary counsel and in private practice.

Practice Areas

Education

  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law (J.D., 1978)
  • Hobart College (B.A., 1975)

Bar Admissions

  • New Hampshire
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
  • Supreme Court of the United States

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association/Bloomberg BNA Lawyer’s Manual on Professional Responsibility, editorial board member
  • Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, member
  • Columbus Bar Association, member
  • Ohio State Bar Association, CLE Institute, lecturer
  • Judicial College of the Supreme Court of Ohio, faculty
  • The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, adjunct faculty, 2005 - present
  • Association of Judicial Disciplinary Counsel, former president and board member, 2002-2013
  • National Organization of Bar Counsel, 1998 – 2013
  • Supreme Court Task Force to Review the Ohio Disciplinary Process, 2009-2010
  • Supreme Court Task Force on Ohio Judicial Canons, 2007-2009
  • Supreme Court Task Force on the Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct, 2003-2006
  • National District Attorneys Advocacy Center, South Carolina, faculty, 2000-2006

Presentations

  • “Professionalism, Ethics, and Substance Abuse,” Shumaker, Loop, & Kendrick, LLP annual seminar, December 2013
  • “Prosecutor's Ethics,” Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association, annual meeting, December 2013
  • “Attorney Trust Accounts,” Butler County Bar Association, December 2013
  • “Judicial Conduct Commission Process and Procedure,”Virgin Islands Commission on Judicial Conduct, October 2013
  • “Ex-Parte Communications, Courtroom Demeanor, and Extra-Judicial Activities,” Virgin Islands Judges, October 2013
  • “Ethical Issues: Personal Technology,” Ohio Judicial College, June 2013
  • “Crossing the Line,”Ohio Association of Probate Judges annual seminar, June 2013
  • “Attorney Ethics: Operating a Trust Account,” Ohio State Bar Association CLE Institute, May 2013