GLADWIN – Gladwin City Attorney Doug Jacobson’s law license has been suspended for 30 days due to allegations of misconduct according to an official Notice of Suspension by the Michigan Attorney Discipline Board issued on July 3, 2019.
According to the Notice of Suspension Jacobson held funds other than client third person funds in an IOLTA (Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts); failed to hold property of his clients or third persons separate from his own; deposited his own funds into an IOL TA in excess of the amount reasonably necessary to pay financial institution service charges or fees or to obtain a waiver of service charges or fees; failed to make reasonable efforts to ensure that the firm had in effect measures giving reasonable assurance that his non-lawyer assistant’s conduct was compatible with his professional obligations; and failed to make reasonable efforts to ensure that a non-lawyer assistant’s conduct was compatible with his professional obligations. Due to all of this he is in violation of the Michigan Rules of Professional Conduct. According to the Notice, Jacobson admitted to the allegations.
Jacobson informed the Gladwin City Council, Mayor Dee Jungman, and City Administrator Chris Shannon of his suspension in a letter last week. At this time the city does not have an official statement on the situation. The issue is to be brought up during the next City Council meeting on Monday, July 15, at Gladwin City Hall at 5 p.m.
In the interim, Gladwin County Prosecutor Aaron Miller will be working with the city.