Disciplinary Counsel Experience

Geoffrey Stern is known for integrity and objectivity when resolving disciplinary actions. Geoff is arguably one of the most experienced and sage lawyers in Ohio when it comes to representing lawyers faced with disciplinary problems.

Geoff knows the disciplinary process from the inside out, giving his clients meaningful insight into the disciplinary process. He is the only lawyer to have served as both Disciplinary Counsel of the Supreme Court of Ohio and Chair of the Ohio State Bar Association Committee on Legal Ethics and Professional Conduct. During his four-year term as Disciplinary Counsel, his office considered more than 14,000 grievances pertaining to Ohio’s lawyers and judges. In addition, Geoff has appeared in nearly 200 Ohio Supreme Court cases. Because he has served on the evaluation side of an action, he consistently provides clients with an accurate assessment of the likely outcome of the matter, often resulting in greater time savings and cost efficiencies.

Geoff’s 45-year career in the legal industry has earned him a reputation for effectively representing professionals before Ohio’s Disciplinary Counsel. His thought leadership and service record over decades of practice have made him an integral part of the legal community in defining how disciplinary actions are resolved in Ohio. Geoff consistently provides his clients with the educated insight needed to mount a credible defense to disciplinary proceedings. In addition to hands-on familiarity and longevity with the Ohio disciplinary system, Geoff maintains excellent working relationships throughout the Ohio legal and regulatory community, and at all levels of the Ohio Supreme Court.

Geoff and his team are consistently ranked among Ohio’s finest lawyers in malpractice law. In addition to being named “Lawyer of the Year” for 2013 in Columbus for professional malpractice by The Best Lawyers in America, Geoff chairs Kegler Brown’s ethics and malpractice team, which is also ranked as a “Tier 1” practice nationally by the publication.