Clients' Security Fund awards victims of Ohio attorney thefts more than $200,000

5:13 PM, Jun 9, 2008   |    comments
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Nineteen former or suspended Ohio attorneys were found to have misappropriated client funds. In Cuyahoga County, the board determined that former clients of seven Cuyahoga attorneys were eligible for reimbursement. Two former clients of former attorney David T. Mazanec were reimbursed a total of $146,890 as a result of Mazanec's conversion of client funds held in a trust established for the two clients. Mazanec was permanently disbarred from the practice of law in Ohio on Aug. 29, 2007. A former client of former attorney Timothy J. Jarabek was reimbursed $500 as a result of Jarabek's failure to provide the services requested. Jarabek's license to practice law was suspended on Oct. 3, 2006, following his felony conviction. A former client of suspended attorney Joan A. Kodish was reimbursed $2,050 as a result of Kordish's failure to provide the services requested. Kodish was suspended from the practice of law in Ohio on Aug. 23, 2006. A former client of former attorney George C. Kovacs was reimbursed $5,000 as a result of Kovacs' deceiving his client to obtain money. Kovacs resigned from the practice of law in Ohio, with discipline pending, on March 26, 2007. A former client of former attorney John A. Lord was reimbursed $1,000 as a result of Mr. Lord's failure to provide the services requested. Lord was permanently disbarred from the practice of law in Ohio on Aug. 29, 2007. A former client of former attorney James L. Major Jr. was reimbursed $500 as a result of Major's failure to provide the services requested. Major resigned from the practice of law in Ohio, with discipline pending, on Sept. 28, 2007. Two former clients of former attorney Richard F. Smith Jr. were reimbursed a total of $1,310 in fees paid for services that Smith did not provide. Smith was permanently disbarred from the practice of law in Ohio on Aug. 29, 2007.

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