Former Disciplinary Counsel Jon Coughlan to Succeed Geoffrey Stern as Leader of Professional Responsibility + Ethics Practice

Jonathan Coughlan, the longest-serving disciplinary counsel in Ohio Supreme Court history, has been selected to succeed Geoffrey Stern as the chair of Kegler Brown’s Professional Responsibility + Ethics Practice.

The six-lawyer practice was established nearly 20 years ago when Stern, the only person to have served as both Disciplinary Counsel of the Supreme Court of Ohio and Chair of the OSBA Committee on Legal Ethics and Professional Conduct, joined Kegler Brown. In nearly two decades since, the distinguished team has earned accolades from every peer-review rating service as one of the most respected in Ohio.

“Jon is a highly respected attorney in the Ohio legal community and will do a tremendous job of continuing to grow our professional responsibility practice in a way that aligns with our client service standards,” said Chris Weber, the firm’s managing director. “He’s also had the good fortune of working alongside Geoff Stern for several years, which will serve him well in this new leadership role.”

In his 16-year tenure as disciplinary counsel for the Ohio Supreme Court, Coughlan was responsible annually for approximately 2,800 grievances, 1,400 investigations and 45 formal complaints. Since joining Kegler Brown in 2014, he has been assisting clients in every area of professional responsibility, including preventive ethics counseling, expert services, assisting applicants to the bar in character and fitness reviews, and representing lawyers and judges in disciplinary matters.

A frequent presenter on ethics issues and an adjunct professor at the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Coughlan earned his J.D. from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 1978 and is a 1975 graduate of Hobart College in New York.