Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association v. Michael D. Davie and Alpha Legal Services, Inc., Case no. 2011-1681
On September 27, 2012, the Supreme Court found that Michael D. Davie of Shaker Heights, d.b.a. Alpha Legal Services Inc., had engaged in the unauthorized practice of law by preparing pleadings and performing other legal services for several "clients" who were involved in court proceedings. In its decision, the court ordered Davie, a paralegal who has never been admitted to the practice of law, to cease and desist from practicing law without a license, to pay a $30,000 civil penalty, and to release judgments he had obtained in Cleveland Municipal Court against two of his former "clients" for failure to pay the fees he had charged them for his unlawful legal representation.