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Kansas City attorney suspended for alleged false statements in bankruptcy cases

By Karen Kidd | Nov 26, 2017

Kansas City attorney Lydia Marie Carson has been suspended following a Nov. 21 Missouri Supreme Court order over allegations arising from three bankruptcy cases and other charges, including advertising on Craigslist without a required disclosure.

Former St. Louis public defender reinstated to practice law following 2007 suspension

By Karen Kidd | Nov 25, 2017

Eric Seymour Affholter, who lost his job in 2007 as head of the state public defender’s office in St. Louis over charges of marriage fraud, has been reinstated to practice law following a state Nov. 21 Missouri Supreme Court order.

St. Louis attorney reciprocally suspended for allegedly practicing law in Illinois without license

By Karen Kidd | Nov 24, 2017

St. Louis attorney James R. Hanlin, licensed in Missouri for almost 55 years, has been reciprocally suspended following a Nov. 21 Missouri Supreme Court order after he was disciplined by the Illinois Supreme Court earlier this year for allegedly practicing law in that state without a license.

Cape Girardeau attorney suspended after admitting to taking almost $5,000 in law firm's funds

By Karen Kidd | Nov 23, 2017

Cape Girardeau attorney Dale Edward Gerecke has been suspended following a Nov. 21 Missouri Supreme Court order over allegations he improperly took funds from a law firm where he'd formerly been a partner.

Jefferson City attorney completes probation after alleged misconduct in bankruptcy case

By Karen Kidd | Nov 16, 2017

Jefferson City attorney Noel Bisges is not longer on probation following a Nov. 14 Missouri Supreme Court order after the state high court found Bisges had successfully completed his probation imposed last year for alleged dishonest conduct in a bankruptcy case.

St. Louis attorney completes probation after reinstatement following lengthy disbarment

By Karen Kidd | Nov 8, 2017

St. Louis attorney Jonathan W. Belsky, first admitted to the bar about 37 years ago, is no longer on probation following a Nov. 2 Missouri Supreme Court order after being reinstated about three years ago after his 2001 disbarment.

Three St. Louis attorneys on probation following cleaning staff's alleged theft

By Karen Kidd | Nov 3, 2017

Three St. Louis attorneys, all of whom have individually practiced law at least 32 years, are on probation following Oct. 31 Missouri Supreme Court orders after funds were found stolen from their client trust account.

Missouri Supreme Court disciplines Columbia attorney

By Karen Kidd | Nov 1, 2017

A Columbia attorney's voluntary surrender of his law license was among attorney disciplines handed down by the Missouri Supreme Court in October, according to information released by the state high court during the month.

Springfield attorney placed on probation after assisting bail bond agent

By Karen Kidd | Oct 13, 2017

Springfield attorney Rita Kay Sanders has received a stayed indefinite suspension and two years' probation following an Oct. 5 Missouri Supreme Court order over allegations that included misconduct while helping a bond agent friend in 2012.

Kansas attorney reinstated in Missouri following suspension over wrongful death court decision

By Karen Kidd | Oct 13, 2017

Attorney Robert Adam Mintz of Leawood, Kansas, who in 2014 was ordered by a judge to pay the mother of a friend $300,000 after Mintz failed to tell police about his role in the friend's death, has been reinstated to practice law in Missouri following a recent order.

Arizona attorney disbarred following guilty plea in long-running 'Prime Bank' securities fraud

By Karen Kidd | Oct 11, 2017

Attorney Larry Joseph Busch Jr., of Anthem, Arizona, a co-conspirator in the so-called "Prime Bank" multimillion dollar investment fraud, has been reciprocally disbarred following an Oct. 5 Missouri Supreme Court order.

Kansas City attorney reciprocally suspended in Missouri for representing clients on inactive license

By Karen Kidd | Oct 4, 2017

Kansas attorney Kenton M. Hall, has been reciprocally suspended following an Oct. 2 Missouri Supreme Court order after his suspension in Kansas late last summer over allegations he represented clients there when his Kansas law license was inactive.

St. Louis attorney reprimanded following alleged client trust account irregularities

By Karen Kidd | Sep 30, 2017

St. Louis attorney Troy Remel Penny has been reprimanded following a Sept. 26 Missouri Supreme Court order after allegations of irregularities in his client trust account, including two overdrafts and paying his state taxes directly from the account.

Vernon County attorney suspended after failing to disclose statutory rape conviction in prosecutor race

By Karen Kidd | Sep 29, 2017

Onetime Vernon County prosecutor candidate and Nevada, Missouri, attorney Dustin W. Dunfield has been suspended following a Sept. 26 Missouri Supreme Court order after he failed to disclose a 1996 statutory rape conviction when he ran for the office in 2014.

Liberty attorney indicted by Justice Department is suspended

By Karen Kidd | Sep 23, 2017

Liberty attorney Robert J. Young, indicted by a federal grand jury in 2016 after first alleged to be mentally unfit to practice law, has been suspended following a Sept. 19 Missouri Supreme Court order.

Columbia-based public defender disciplined for neglecting clients

By Karen Kidd | Sep 16, 2017

Columbia attorney and public defender Karl William Hinkebein received a stayed suspension and one year of probation following a Sept. 12 Missouri Supreme Court order over allegations he abandoned six clients.

Missouri Supreme Court disbars Greenwood attorney

By Karen Kidd | Sep 15, 2017

Greenwood attorney Christopher Farrell Arbuckle, disbarred following an Aug. 22 Missouri Supreme Court order, was among the attorneys disciplined by the high court in August, according to announcements on the high court's website.

Missouri's improved legal climate not captured in national poll conducted in spring

By Karen Kidd | Sep 11, 2017

Missouri's efforts at tort reform this past summer didn't factor in a national poll released this week that ranks states by their legal climate. The state, however, still saw a slight improvement.

Kansas attorney disbarred following $1.2 million fraud conspiracy guilty plea

By Karen Kidd | Aug 26, 2017

Leawood, Kansas, attorney Mark J. Schultz has been disbarred by order of the Missouri Supreme Court following a guilty plea on conspiracy allegations that he and his former law partner tried to steal money from an area health care facility.

St. Louis attorney, breast cancer foundation founder reinstated

By Karen Kidd | Aug 25, 2017

St. Louis attorney Michael Bradley Katz, founder of a one-time breast cancer foundation established in his mother's memory, has been reinstated to practice law in Missouri after being suspended over tax issues earlier this year, according to a recent state Supreme Court filing.

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