Cleveland Metro. Bar Assn. v. Baasten

[Cite as Cleveland Metro. Bar Assn. v. Baasten, ___ Ohio St.3d ___, 2020-Ohio-4838.]




CLEVELAND METROPOLITAN BAR ASSOCIATION v. JASON MATTHEW BAASTEN.
      [Cite as Cleveland Metro. Bar Assn. v. Baasten, ___ Ohio St.3d ___,
                                    2020-Ohio-4838.]
    (No. 2020-0164—Submitted October 6, 2020—Decided October 9, 2020.)
                              ON ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE
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        {¶ 1} The Board of Professional Conduct filed a certification of default in
the office of the clerk of this court on January 13, 2020. On February 26, 2020, this
court imposed an interim default suspension upon respondent, Jason Matthew
Baasten, pursuant to Gov.Bar R. V(14)(B)(1). The parties were ordered to show
cause why the interim default suspension should not be converted into an indefinite
suspension. No objections were filed, and this cause was considered by the court.
        {¶ 2} On consideration thereof, it is ordered and adjudged by this court that
pursuant to Gov.Bar R. V(14)(E)(1), respondent, Jason Matthew Baasten, Attorney
Registration No. 0071027, last known address in Canton, Ohio, is indefinitely
suspended from the practice of law.
        {¶ 3} It is further ordered that respondent immediately cease and desist from
the practice of law in any form and that respondent is hereby forbidden to appear
on behalf of another before any court, judge, commission, board, administrative
agency, or other public authority.
        {¶ 4} It is further ordered that respondent is hereby forbidden to counsel,
advise, or prepare legal instruments for others or in any manner perform legal
services for others.
        {¶ 5} It is further ordered that respondent is hereby divested of each, any,
and all of the rights, privileges, and prerogatives customarily accorded to a member
in good standing of the legal profession of Ohio.
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       {¶ 6} It is further ordered that before entering into an employment,
contractual, or consulting relationship with any attorney or law firm, respondent
shall verify that the attorney or law firm has complied with the registration
requirements of Gov.Bar R. V(23)(C). If employed pursuant to Gov.Bar R. V(23),
respondent shall refrain from direct client contact except as provided in Gov.Bar R.
V(23)(A)(1) and from receiving, disbursing, or otherwise handling any client trust
funds or property.
       {¶ 7} It is further ordered that pursuant to Gov.Bar R. X(13), respondent
shall complete one credit hour of continuing legal education for each month, or
portion of a month, of the suspension. As part of the total credit hours of continuing
legal education required by Gov.Bar R. X(13), respondent shall complete one credit
hour of instruction related to professional conduct required by Gov.Bar R. X(3)(B)
for each six months, or portion of six months, of the suspension.
       {¶ 8} It is further ordered by the court that within 90 days of the date of this
order, respondent shall reimburse any amounts that have been awarded against
respondent by the Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection pursuant to Gov.Bar R.
VIII(7)(F). It is further ordered by the court that if after the date of this order, the
Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection awards any amount against respondent
pursuant to Gov.Bar R. VIII(7)(F), respondent shall reimburse that amount to the
Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection within 90 days of the notice of that award.
       {¶ 9} It is further ordered that respondent shall not be reinstated to the
practice of law in Ohio until (1) respondent complies with the requirements for
reinstatement set forth in the Supreme Court Rules for the Government of the Bar
of Ohio, (2) respondent complies with the Supreme Court Rules for the Government
of the Bar of Ohio, (3) respondent complies with this and all other orders of the
court, and (4) this court orders respondent reinstated.
       {¶ 10} It is further ordered that on or before 30 days from the date of this
order, respondent shall do the following:




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        {¶ 11} 1. Notify all clients being represented in pending matters and any
co-counsel of respondent's suspension and consequent disqualification to act as an
attorney after the effective date of this order and, in the absence of co-counsel, also
notify the clients to seek legal services elsewhere, calling attention to any urgency
in seeking the substitution of another attorney in respondent's place;
        {¶ 12} 2. Regardless of any fees or expenses due, deliver to all clients being
represented in pending matters any papers or other property pertaining to the client
or notify the clients or co-counsel, if any, of a suitable time and place where the
papers or other property may be obtained, calling attention to any urgency for
obtaining such papers or other property;
        {¶ 13} 3. Refund any part of any fees or expenses paid in advance that are
unearned or not paid and account for any trust money or property in the possession
or control of respondent;
        {¶ 14} 4. Notify opposing counsel or, in the absence of counsel, the adverse
parties in pending litigation of respondent's disqualification to act as an attorney
after the effective date of this order and file a notice of disqualification of
respondent with the court or agency before which the litigation is pending for
inclusion in the respective file or files;
        {¶ 15} 5. Send all notices required by this order by certified mail with a
return address where communications may thereafter be directed to respondent;
        {¶ 16} 6. File with the clerk of this court and disciplinary counsel of the
Supreme Court an affidavit showing compliance with this order, showing proof of
service of the notices required herein, and setting forth the address where the
respondent may receive communications; and
        {¶ 17} 7. Retain and maintain a record of the various steps taken by
respondent pursuant to this order.




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       {¶ 18} It is further ordered that respondent shall keep the clerk, the
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, and disciplinary counsel advised of any
change of address where respondent may receive communications.
       {¶ 19} It is further ordered that service shall be deemed made on respondent
by sending this order, and all other orders in this case, to respondent’s last known
address.
       {¶ 20} It is further ordered that the clerk of this court issue certified copies
of this order as provided for in Gov.Bar R. V(17)(D)(1) and that publication be
made as provided for in Gov.Bar R. V(17)(D)(2).
       O’CONNOR, C.J., and KENNEDY, FRENCH, FISCHER, DEWINE, DONNELLY,
and STEWART, JJ., concur.
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