OSBA recognizes Cincinnati attorney for ethics and professionalism

John J. MuellerCincinnati attorney John J. Mueller received the 2012 Eugene R. Weir Award for Ethics and Professionalism at the Ohio State Bar Association’s Annual Convention in Cincinnati. The Weir Award recognizes exceptional professional responsibility among Ohio lawyers.

“The Weir Award is all about professionalism and ethics, and so is John,” OSBA President Carol Seubert Marx said. “He lives these principles professionally and personally, and he promotes them to his colleagues as well as to the next generation of lawyers. He is well-deserving of this honor and we will all be better lawyers for following his lead.”

The OSBA Board of Governors established the Weir Award in 1998 to honor the memory of Eugene R. Weir, a former member of the board. Weir championed improvements in lawyer regulation and strongly advocated for professionalism and legal ethics. Each year this award is given to one lawyer who has worked to promote and uphold legal professionalism and ethics.

When Mueller was asked what receiving this award meant to him, he said, “Receiving this award exceeds any expectation of recognition by the Association and my peers that I could have held. I am extremely gratified, particularly when I consider those who’ve been given the award in past years and all of the candidates who deserve recognition for their contributions to the bar, to professionalism and to ethics-related matters.”

Mueller practices law in Cincinnati as a solo practitioner at John J. Mueller LLC. He has served on the OSBA’s Legal Ethics and Professional Conduct Committee since 1996, and is currently the committee chair. He is also a member of the Cincinnati Bar Association Grievance Committee and the chair of its Committee on Unauthorized Practice of Law.

Mueller has published articles in legal publications, served as the key speaker at numerous continuing education seminars discussing ethics and professionalism in the legal profession, and is the author of Lawyers’ Trust Accounts: A Handbook on the Rules Governing the Duties of Lawyers to Account for Client Funds and Property.

During his career, he has litigated several cases concerning professional responsibility and legal misconduct that have resulted in published opinions by the Supreme Court of Ohio. Mueller earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1975 and his law degree from Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law in 1979.



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