Probation ended for one attorney, two others suspended

By Karen Kidd | Apr 24, 2019

JEFFERSON CITY (St. Louis Record) — Gregory David Williams, a real estate attorney from Beach, is no longer on probation while Springfield attorney Erin Ashley Graf and Kansas City attorney Ward D. Rowe have been suspended following separate recent Missouri Supreme Court orders.

The state high court accepted Williams' motion for order that he successfully completed his probation and terminated his probation, according to the court's April 22 order in his case.

Williams had been placed on probation about a year ago following a Supreme Court order for an alleged professional conduct rule violation regarding imputation of conflicts of interest. Williams also was ordered to pay costs.

Williams was admitted to the bar in Missouri on Sept. 15, 1984, according to his profile at The Missouri Bar's website.

In a separate order, Graf was suspended from practice in Missouri with to petition for reinstatement to be entertained for three years from the date of the Supreme Court's April 15 corrected order. Graf appeared to be guilty of professional conduct, including violations of rules regarding conflict of interest and prohibited transactions and competence, according to the court's order.

The court handed down its order and the office of chief disciplinary counsel filed information advising its findings, following an investigation, that Graf was guilty of professional misconduct. Graf did not timely file a response to the allegations, though she "was properly served," the court's order said.

Graf also was ordered to pay costs.

In another order handed down April 18, the state high court suspended Rowe after he was declared incapacitated or disabled or alleged to be incapacitated or disabled in another state.

The Missouri court handed down its order after receiving information from the office of chief disciplinary counsel that Rowe had been placed on disability inactive status by the Kansas Supreme Court in an order the court issued June 14, 2018. The Missouri Supreme Court then suspended Rowe on similar ground under further order from the court.

Rowe was ordered to comply with all respects of rules regarding disbarment or suspension orders in Missouri and to pay all costs in the matter.

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