Attorney Byron Carroll Loudon, of Overland Park, Kansas, practicing in Missouri for almost 28 years, has been voluntarily disbarred following a Feb. 26 Missouri Supreme Court order after he admitted to practicing law while his license was suspended.
The state high court issued its order following Loudon's motion that he voluntarily surrender his Missouri law license and a chief disciplinary counsel report and recommendation, according to the order. Loudon also was ordered to pay costs.
Loudon was admitted to the Missouri bar Sept. 6, 1990, according to his profile at The Missouri Bar's website.
In the informant's brief filed with the court by the chief disciplinary counsel, Loudon stipulated that he "lied in response to at least five questions when confronted during an initial investigation by a regional disciplinary committee about his appearance in a courthouse with his client.
Loudon admitted his conduct violated court rules "in that he knowingly made false statements of material fact in connection with a disciplinary matter," the informant's brief said. He also admitted to conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice and for violating court rules regarding attorney competence, excessive fees, dishonesty by taking and keeping unearned client funds and failing to respond to lawful requests from disciplinary authorities, according to the informant's brief.
Loudon also admitted before a state bar hearing panel that he had retained $1,200 from a client "despite doing nothing to earn it", the informant's brief said.
The hearing panel recommended Loudon be suspended indefinitely with no leave to apply for reinstatement for one year, which he said he would accept, according to the brief. The chief disciplinary counsel rejected that recommendation and, instead, asked the court to disbar Loudon, according to the informant's brief.
Loudon was admonished in 2014 for practicing law on three occasions while he was suspended after he had failed to pay his fees, according to the informant's brief. His license as was reinstated in June 2015 after he had paid the annual enrollment fee, according to the brief.