Report: Former Ohio AG rebrands law firm

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Jul 24, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Legal Newsline) -- Former Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann, whose law license was reinstated last month, has renamed his Cleveland-area firm.

The Associated Press reported Tuesday that Dann Doberdruk & Harshman is now The Dann Law Firm, and focuses mostly on mortgage foreclosures.

Last month, the Ohio Supreme Court granted Dann's application for reinstatement following a six-month suspension.

Dann was forced to resign as the state's top lawyer in May 2008 -- just two years after being elected.

He later pleaded guilty to ethics violations involving campaign and transition funds.

Richard Cordray, who was recently confirmed as the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, was elected to the attorney general post in November 2008 to serve the remainder of Dann's term.

In November, the state Supreme Court suspended Dann's license, following the recommendation of the state Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline.

The board's recommendation was based on findings that Dann was convicted of two misdemeanor offenses and violated state attorney discipline rules by improperly using funds from his political campaign account to provide extra compensation to two senior members of his staff, and by filing inaccurate financial disclosure statements while he held public office.

In particular, the board found that he engaged in conduct that adversely reflected on his "fitness" to practice law by using campaign funds to cover the Columbus living expenses of two senior aides while they were employed by the Attorney General's Office.

The board also found that Dann failed to report in his 2006 and 2007 financial disclosure statements checks he received from his campaign account or his use of a private jet leased by a campaign contributor to fly himself, family members and guests to a conference in Scottsdale, Ariz.

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