Disciplinary Counsel v. Omar F. Shaaban, Case No. 2023-0179
The Board of Professional Conduct recommends that a Toledo attorney be suspended for two years, with one year stayed with conditions. The board found that the attorney violated 38 ethics rules while handling cases for eight clients - seven of whom were homeowners he represented in foreclosure actions.
The seven foreclosure cases were referred to attorney Omar Shaaban by James Warsing, owner of Ohio Mortgage Review. Warsing offered to defend people against foreclosures. The board determined that Shaaban improperly shared legal fees with Warsing, who wasn't a lawyer. Shaaban also committed other misconduct, such as not appearing in court for scheduled hearings and failing to inform clients about their cases.
Shaaban acknowledges the misconduct but objects to the one-year actual suspension. Because he disagrees with the board recommendation, the Supreme Court of Ohio will hear his case during oral arguments.
May 16, 2023