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Bar Association Says Columbus Attorney Used 'Unenforceable' Subpoenas

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The disciplinary arm of the Ohio Supreme Court has certified 16 complaints, including one involving accusations against a Columbus attorney accused of sending out "pre-suit subpoenas" that were invalid.
The Columbus Bar Association filed the complaint with the Ohio Board of Professional Conduct against lawyer Jeffrey Kluesener. It claims he sent invalid subpoena forms to opposing parties before the filing of lawsuits on seven different occasions.

The complaint alleges that Kluesener knew such orders were unenforceable.

The board says five subpoena forms asked for videotapes, one asked for attendance records and another asked for documents from a police officer, including a radio run report, witness statements and pictures of an accident scene.

The bar association says Kluesener violated six of the board's rules including failing to provide competent representation to a client and knowingly making false statements of material fact or law to a third person.

The bar association lists Kluesener as an attorney at Michael D. Christensen Law Office, LLC on West Broad Steet.

The Board of Professional Conduct lists the complaint as “awaiting answer” from Kluesener. The complaint says he’s required to send written answers to questions by January 18.

A three-person panel will hear arguments and make a recommendation to the Ohio Supreme Court, which has the final say on discipline.

Clare Roth was former All Things Considered Host for 89.7 NPR News. She joined WOSU in February of 2017. After attending the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, she returned to her native Iowa as a producer for Iowa Public Radio.