COLUMBUS, Ohio (WYTV) – The Ohio Supreme Court announced Wednesday that it will hear a complaint against a Youngstown lawyer, charging that she failed to show up for four meetings as well as a court date and overcharged her clients.
According to the complaint filed with the court, a Columbiana County couple hired Youngstown-area lawyer Heidi Hanni to represent them in court as they attempted to get custody of their grandson. The couple charges that between September 2013 and February 2014, Hanni did not appear for four scheduled meetings.
A Mahoning County Bar Association investigator found that Hanni’s excuse about missing a court appearance because of the flue was outdated by at least five days, according to the complaint. The investigator also claimed that Hanni charged the couple over $2400 after a refund, and the complaint alleges that the fee violates Ohio’s professional conduct rules.
The hearing is scheduled for August 24.
Hanni gave a formal response to the court through her legal representative, John Juhasz. According to that response, Hanni did not know if the allegations about missing appointments were true but said that she does sometimes have to reschedule appointments based on facts beyond her control.
Hanni also denied allegations that she used her flu as an excuse to miss court and that the excuse was outdated.
Juhasz did not immediately return a message left at his law office Wednesday.