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Longtime North Kansas City attorney, music hall of fame inductee indefinitely suspended for 'threat of harm'


By Karen Kidd | Apr 2, 2019

JEFFERSON CITY – Longtime North Kansas City immigration attorney Allan H. Bell, a Kansas Music Hall of Fame inductee, has been indefinitely suspended "for threat of harm" following an April 1 Missouri Supreme Court order.

Bell's suspension until further court order followed "information and motion for interim suspension" filed by the office of chief disciplinary counsel, the Supreme Court's order said. The office of chief disciplinary counsel's filing advised "there is sufficient evidence to demonstrate probable cause that respondent is guilty of multiple instances of professional misconduct in violation of Supreme Court Rule 4," the order said.

"This court now being fully advised of and concerning the premises does adjudge that probable cause exists that [Bell] is guilty of multiple instances of professional misconduct, and [Bell] poses a substantial threat of irreparable harm to the public and to the integrity of the profession," the order said. "Now, therefore, it is ordered by this court that respondent, Allan H. Bell, be, and he is hereby immediately suspended from the practice of law pursuant to Rule 5.24."

Bell is an immigration, labor and employment attorney and founder of Allan H. Bell & Associates with an office on Swift Avenue in North Kansas City, according to his profile at Bell was admitted to the bar in Missouri in 1967, according to the profile.

Bell's suspension comes less than two years after he was reinstated to the practice of law in Missouri, following successful completion of 18-month probation that began 2015 over alleged rules violations, according to a July 2017 Supreme Court order.

Bell's fully stayed indefinite suspension and probation in September 2015 was over alleged violations of professional conduct rules, specifically for violating the court's rule 4-8.4(d), according to the order issued by the high court at the time.

In a previous discipline, Bell was reprimanded and fined $750 following a state Supreme Court June 2009 order for alleged improper charges for overhead office expenses against a client's cost and fee deposit.

Bell is a 2017 inductee into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame, in part for the 1963 founding of America's Best Attractions, a state and union licensed theatrical and music agency with headquarters in North Kansas City, according to Bell's brief bio on the Hall of Fame's website.

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