Warren lawyer receives reprimand
WARREN — Atty. Gilbert Rucker III of Warren has been publicly reprimanded by the Ohio Supreme Court for violating several of Ohio’s Rules of Professional Conduct for attorneys in his handling of a legal matter for a client.
After an investigation by the Trumbull County Bar Association, Rucker agreed to the facts as presented to the Supreme Court, according to an opinion the supreme court released Wednesday.
In April, the bar association said Rucker, who has practiced law since 1986, committed professional misconduct.
Specifically, he neglected a matter for a client, failed to reasonably communicate with the client, failed to deposit the client’s funds in an interest-bearing client trust account and charged the client a fee designated as “nonrefundable” without advising the client in writing that the client may be entitled to a refund of all or part of the fee if Rucker didn’t complete the representation.
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