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Board of Professional Conduct Files Disciplinary Case Reports and Recommendations

The Ohio Board of Professional Conduct today announced it has filed seven disciplinary case reports with the Supreme Court of Ohio. Six reports recommend discipline for attorneys charged with professional misconduct. The seventh report recommends the reinstatement of a suspended lawyer to the practice of law.

The parties in each case will have an opportunity to file objections to the Board’s report and recommendation with the Supreme Court. If objections are filed, the case will be scheduled for oral argument. No oral argument is scheduled in reinstatement proceedings, and objections are not permitted in a case submitted upon consideration of a consent to discipline agreement.

Additional information about each case, including the report and recommendation, may be obtained by clicking on the hyperlink for each case. Questions regarding pending cases should be directed to the Office of Public Information at 614.387.9250.

Cuyahoga County

Lorain County Bar Association v. Kenneth James Lewis
Supreme Court Case No. 2017-1419
Recommended sanction: Two-year suspension, with six months stayed

Disciplinary Counsel v. John Walter Gold
Supreme Court Case No. 2017-1411
Recommended sanction: Two-year suspension, with one year stayed

Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association v. James Arthur Gay
Supreme Court Case No. 2017-1413
Recommended sanction: One-year suspension, stayed

Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association v. Debbie Kay Horton
Supreme Court Case No. 2017-1416
Recommended sanction: Two-year suspension, with one year stayed

Franklin County

Columbus Bar Association v. John Joseph Okuley
Supreme Court Case No. 2017-1417
Recommended sanction: Two-year suspension, with one year stayed

Hamilton County

Cincinnati Bar Association v. Justin Enrique Fernandez
Supreme Court Case No. 2017-1409
Recommended sanction: Indefinite suspension

Jackson County

Disciplinary Counsel v. William Stewart Slavens
Supreme Court Case No. 1991-1741
Recommendation: Grant reinstatement to the practice of law

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