July 3, 2012
Repeat Offense Draws Suspension
A Colorado attorney agreed to a suspension of a year and day for his "close. personal relationship [with his client], which included dating and physical contact."
The attorney was previously suspended for 60 days in a case that involved misconduct during the course of his representation of clients who were plaintiffs in a sexual harassment suit.
Among the violations in the earlier case:
The respondent represented a number of women clients in the sexual harassment action or actions against U.S. West. In early 1996, he engaged in a consensual sexual relationship with one of his clients, lasting one weekend. The relationship came to light when the woman was deposed by U.S. West's attorney. The respondent's conduct violated Colo. RPC 8.4(h) (engaging in conduct adversely reflecting on the lawyer's fitness to practice).
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