CINCINNATI – High-profile attorney Eric Deters drew a 60-day suspension in Ohio Monday as fallout from a previous suspension in Kentucky, making him temporarily unable to practice in either state.
The Ohio Supreme Court ruling, citing reciprocity with Kentucky, suspended Deters immediately and ordered him to complete his Kentucky suspension before he can practice again in Ohio.
Deters told WCPO he is working on his reinstatement papers in Kentucky and expects to be reinstated "any day."
He expects to be reinstated in Ohio on March 27, he said.
"I'm still allowed in both states (to) work in paralegal capacity. So I'll still be working. I have 18 lawyers to help do what I would be doing," Deters wrote in an email to WCPO.
The Ohio court also ordered Deters to complete instruction in professional conduct.
The Kentucky Supreme Court suspended Deters for 60 days last year for violating "Rules of Professional Conduct" in two civil cases.
The Kentucky ruling cited misstatements Deters made to a court during a civil case in Campbell County and other misstatements in a libel suit he filed against Kenton County Commonwealth's Attorney Rob Sanders.
Deters said he won't miss any trials involving Dr. Atiq Durrani. Deters has filed 170 lawsuits against the former Mason spine doctor, claiming Durrani performed unnecessary surgeries.
"All my clients have more than me working on them so it's not end world," Deters wrote.
Deters won the first suit to go to trial this month. A Hamilton County jury awarded Crystal Pierce $790,000.
Deters has offices in Independence, Ky,, and Cincinnati.