Lawyer is suspended after calling opposing counsel 'complete idiot' and litigant 'obviously delusional'
An Ohio lawyer has been suspended for his over-the-top criticisms of litigation opponents and judicial decisions, including an assertion that a custody order was “the most absolutely insane decision” that he had encountered in almost 40 years.
The Ohio Supreme Court suspended lawyer Alan Yoder of Holland, Ohio, in an Oct. 6 opinion, Court News Ohio reports. Yoder was suspended from law practice for two years with the final six months conditionally stayed.
The ethics case stems from Yoder’s conduct in two matters—a custody dispute and a land contract case. Instead of expressing his disagreement on the merits of cases “in an ethical fashion,” Yoder “engaged in a deliberate pattern of false and inappropriate written communications regarding four people over several years,” the Ohio Supreme Court said.