On the day a Cleveland-area law firm confronted one of its attorneys about his involvement in a sexual relationship with a client, the attorney, Sean R. Porter, was encouraging a second female client not to tell anyone about their own sexual relationship, according to a disciplinary case decided by the Ohio Supreme Court last week.
In a ruling released Wednesday, the state’s high court suspended Porter, 31, a rookie lawyer previously employed by Barr, Jones & Associates, from practicing law for two years—with the second year stayed on several conditions—for having back-to-back sexual relations with two clients, fraudulently notarizing an affidavit, and making false statements during his disciplinary investigation.
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