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.
The high court found that Arbuckle violated rules of professional conduct that govern attorney misconduct, providing competent client representation, acting with reasonable diligence and promptness when representing a client and keeping the client reasonably informed.
Arbuckle, admitted to the bar in 1997, also was ordered to pay $2,000 to be given to the Advisory Committee Fund.
The disbarment was not the first discipline Arbuckle received from the Missouri court. In October 2014, Arbuckle was suspended for failing to pay taxes, an issue that was resolved the following month.
In a separate action, two Kansas City attorneys, Jason M. Pottenger and Michael T. Yonke of Yonke & Pottenger, were placed on probation following an Aug. 15 order. The state high court found that while representing 18 clients between 2008 and 2015, the two commingled personal funds with property belonging to clients. The court also ordered the two to each pay a fee of $1,500 to be given to the Advisory Committee Fund. Pottenger was admitted to the bar in Missouri on Oct. 2, 1992, while Yonke was admitted Sept. 30, 1994, according to their separate profiles at the state bar's website.
St. Louis attorney Rick L. Nelson, admitted to the bar in Missouri April 26, 1980, according to his profile at the state bar's website, was reprimanded following an Aug. 22 Missouri Supreme Court order for violating rules of professional conduct. The court also ordered Nelson to pay $1,000 to be given to the Advisory Committee Fund.
In another matter, Seattle attorney Rebecca J. Tatlow, admitted to the bar in Missouri Sept. 27, 1991, according to her profile at the state bar's website, has been reinstated following an Aug. 15 a state court order. Tatlow was suspended this past May for failing to pay taxes, an issue that has been resolved, according to the high court's order.