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Norwalk attorney could be disciplined

Scott Seitz2 • Feb 1, 2011 at 10:00 AM

A Norwalk attorney could face disciplinary action after a number of complaints were filed against him by a local grievance committee.

The complaint officially was filed this past summer against longtime Norwalk lawyer Charles P. Derby by the Erie-Huron Counties Joint Certified Grievance Committee.

Derby has a hearing scheduled before the Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline in Columbus at 10 a.m. Feb. 18.

The complaints deal with eight different bankruptcy cases and one issue of failing to carry malpractice insurance, according to state grievance board documents.

The majority of the complaints state Derby failed to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client, failure to keep the client reasonably informed about the status of the matter and failing to comply as soon as practicable with reasonable requests for information from the client.

The local grievance committee has requested Derby be disciplined for misconduct pursuant to Rule V of the Supreme Court Rules for the Government of the Bar of Ohio.

Derby could not be reached for comment Monday night.

He is the second Norwalk attorney to go before the state grievance board recently.

Thomas Stoll, a former attorney and Norwalk city councilman, had his law license suspended for a year in December by the state board for 22 complaints about issues in the local probate court.

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