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Kansas City attorney reinstated after more than decade suspended


By Karen Kidd | Oct 2, 2019


JEFFERSON CITY (St. Louis Record) — Kansas City attorney Edward Francis Walsh IV has been reinstated following an Oct. 1 Missouri Supreme Court order and his reciprocal suspension more than a decade ago over alleged dishonest behavior in a real estate transaction.

In its order the court sustained Walsh's petition for reinstatement and restored his membership in The Missouri Bar in good standing. The state high court also ordered Walsh to pay costs.

Walsh's reinstatement in Missouri follows his reinstatement in Kansas following an order by that state's Supreme Court more than two years ago.

Walsh was admitted to the bar in Missouri on Oct. 4, 1996, according to his profile at The Missouri Bar's website. He was admitted to the bar in Kansas in 1997, according to the July/August 2008 edition of The Journal of the Kansas Bar Association.

In 2005 Walsh's Kansas license was administratively suspended after he allegedly failed to comply with annual registration requirements.

Walsh was still suspended in Kansas in May 2008 when he was indefinitely suspended following a Kansas Supreme Court order for allegedly telling a party in a real estate transaction that he had forwarded to the party a key and documents when he had not done so. Walsh also was alleged to have tried to prevent a witness from testifying at his disciplinary hearing.

The following September, the Missouri Supreme Court reciprocally suspended Walsh three years. The Missouri court handed down that suspension after finding Walsh had violated professional conduct rules regarding truthfulness in statements to others, fairness to opposing party and counsel and other misconduct.

In December 2016, Walsh filed a petition for reinstatement with the Kansas Supreme Court, which was heard by a panel the following June, according to the Kansas court's subsequent order of reinstatement. The hearing panel in Kansas entered a final report in July 2017, recommending Walsh's petition for reinstatement be granted.

Walsh's reinstatement in Kansas, which followed a Sept. 29, 2017, Kansas Supreme Court order, was conditioned on his compliance with annual continuing legal education requirements and his payment of all fees.

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