An Akron attorney, once accused of making inappropriate comments about a Summit County judge, has been reprimanded for his handling of cases.
The Ohio Supreme Court declined to suspend the law license of attorney Larry Shenise, as the Akron Bar Association wanted as punishment for the lawyer’s comments in a story by the Beacon Journal in 2012.
The public reprimand stemmed from alleged neglect and poor communication with a client.
The court’s ruling was released Wednesday. The judges dismissed a complaint made against Shenise stemming from comments he made to the Beacon Journal about Judge Paul Gallagher’s order to jail his 80-year-old client who missed a court date.
Shenise, who was handling a civil case for an elderly man, told the newspaper that no one from the court had notified him about a scheduled hearing by mail or by phone.
Gallagher signed an arrest warrant for Leonard Little, 80, of Massillon, after he missed the hearing, and the man ended up being held in the county jail for several hours.
“I don’t miss hearings if I get notice,” Shenise said in the 2012 article that prompted the judge’s complaint. “If we would have known, we would have been there. But they never bothered to call to say, ‘Hey, you’re supposed to be here for a hearing. We’re going to issue warrants for your clients if you don’t appear.’
“They didn’t do anything,” he said. “I would have thought the court would have the courtesy to say, ‘Hey, you’re supposed to be here.’?”