JEFFERSON CITY (St. Louis Record) — St. Louis attorney James Windsor Eason is no longer on probation following a May 24 Missouri Supreme Court order following his suspension about a year ago after he was charged with committing a criminal act of misconduct.
The high court handed down it's order following Eason's motion for order of successful completion of probation after considering the chief disciplinary counsel's response to Eason's motion. The court's order, issued by Chief Justice Zel M. Fischer, says Eason successfully completed his probationary period and terminated the probation, in addition to ordering Eason to pay costs in the matter.
Eason was admitted to the bar in Missouri on April 20, 2005 and is a member of the Missouri Bar in good standing, according to his profile at the state bar's website. Eason was admitted to the bar in Illinois in 2003, according to the Illinois State Bar Association's report of Eason's reciprocal discipline in that state.
The Missouri Supreme Court, in its May 2017 order, placed Eason on a fully stayed indefinite suspension and a year of probation following an act of criminal misconduct. The court handed down that order following his conviction for third-degree assault after he allegedly pushed an opposing counsel onto a glass table during a deposition. The terms of Easton's probation were "attached to the stipulation of the parties" and had the probation been revoked, the court would not have entertained a petition for reinstatement from the date the suspension became effective.
The May 2017 order, issued by then Chief Justices Patricia Breckenridge, also directed Eason to pay $1,500 payable to the clerk for the advisory committee fund, in addition to all costs in the matter.
In September, the Illinois Supreme Court handed down reciprocal discipline against Eason, handing down a fully stayed suspension of six months and until further court order with a year's probation backdated to the date of his Missouri probation and until he completed his probation in Missouri.