On Wednesday, September 6, 2023, the Ohio Supreme Court indefinitely suspended the license of attorney Shawn Alexander Romer due to professional misconduct. Romer was found guilty of violating the state’s rules of professional conduct for attorneys, including committing an illegal act that reflects adversely on his honesty or trustworthiness and engaging in conduct that adversely reflects on his fitness to practice law.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Shawn Alexander Romer,” with case no. 2023-0469.

On April 7, 2023, the Supreme Court of Ohio’s Board of Professional Conduct recommended the suspension of attorney Romer’s license to practice law. This recommendation was a result of Romer’s significant substance abuse issues, specifically with cocaine, which led to two criminal convictions, including a felony offense. Additionally, Romer pleaded guilty by way of information to one count of attempted corruption of another with drugs.

Romer struggled with substance abuse for an extended period, with multiple charges and convictions related to operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs between 2011 and 2017. In 2017, Romer was convicted of operating a vehicle under the influence (OVI) and disorderly conduct due to intoxication.

Romer’s addiction also led him to engage in other problematic behavior, including purchasing cocaine from a dealer named Reuben Rankin. The respondent bought cocaine from Rankin, who had it delivered to the respondent’s home by a 15-year-old girl named A.L. This went on for months. Rankin also suggested setting up sexual encounters for the respondent with women, but the respondent always declined, unaware that the women were being trafficked by Rankin. Romer and A.L. engaged in watching pornography, showering together, and sexual touching. Romer’s excessive alcohol and drug use the previous night prevented him from becoming aroused. They also used cocaine together. Romer denied pressuring A.L. to use cocaine but acknowledged that she might testify feeling pressured to do so.

During a forensic interview, A.L. disclosed that she had been trafficked by Rankin and reported the arrangement that Rankin had made with Romer. In January 2022, Romer pleaded guilty to a third-degree felony count of attempted corrupting another with drugs and a first-degree misdemeanor count of soliciting.

The Supreme Court has determined that despite Romer’s cooperation with federal authorities, his plea to offenses that do not fully reflect the sexual contact with a minor, and his admission of engaging in such conduct, an indefinite suspension without credit for time served under interim suspension is the appropriate sanction. This decision is based on the facts of the case, the presence of aggravating and mitigating factors, and established legal precedents.

The Disposition states:

“Accordingly, Shawn Alexander Romer is indefinitely suspended from the practice of law in Ohio with no credit for the time served under his interim felony suspension. Costs are taxed to Romer.”

According to avvo.com, Mr. Romer is an employment and labor attorney in Ohio. He attended the Cleveland State University, graduating in 2008. He acquired his law license in Ohio in 2008.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.