JEFFERSON CITY – Lebanon attorney Jeffrey Bryan Allen has been placed on interim suspension following a July 31 Missouri Supreme Court order over professional misconduct allegations.
The order did not disclose which rules of professional conduct Allen was alleged to have violated.
The high court's order followed "an information and motion for interim suspension" filed by Missouri Chief Disciplinary Counsel Alan D. Pratzel, "advising that there is probable cause to believe respondent, Jeffrey B. Allen, has committed professional misconduct and, therefore, poses a substantial threat of irreparable harm to the public," the order said.
"The court now being fully advised of and concerning the premises does adjudge that probable cause exists that respondent has committed professional misconduct and, therefore, poses a substantial threat of irreparable harm to the public," the order said.
Allen's interim suspension was effective immediately and is "pending the final disposition of any disciplinary proceedings that may be brought as a consequence of the conduct described in the information," the order said.
The order also ordered Allen to pay costs and to abide by procedures that, in Missouri, usually follow a disbarment or suspension order. Those procedures require a suspended attorney to not accept any new retainer and withdraw from any pending legal matters.
The case against Allen was filed July 30 with Pratzel's proposed order for interim suspension that day. Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Zel M. Fischer issued the order suspending Allen the following day but the order did not become available on the court's website until Aug. 13, when a signed registered mail return receipt was received. A letter dated July 31 had been sent to Allen, officially informing him of his interim suspension, according to information about his case on the court's website.
Allen's law office is located at 255 North Adams, Lebanon.