On Friday, November 4, 2022, the Disciplinary Commission of the Alabama State Bar ordered the public reprimand of Montgomery attorney Kynesha L. Adams-Jones over insufficient funds notice on the latter’s trust account.
The charges cited Adams-Jones’ violation of the Rules of Professional Conduct 1.15 (Safekeeping) and 8.4(g) (Misconduct).
The Alabama Rules of Professional Conduct can be found online.
The filing states:
‘On or about May 25, 2021, the Office of General Counsel received an insufficient funds notice from Wells Fargo Bank regarding Adams-Jones’ trust account. The notice indicated the trust account was overdrawn as a result of a $300 online transfer of funds. This was the third overdraft notification received in the Office of General Counsel concerning Adam-Jones’ trust account since 2018.’
The filing continues:
‘Upon submission of the unredacted trust account statements, Adams-Jones admitted that she had been improperly depositing earned fees and personal funds into her trust account. Adams-Jones admitted to making numerous personal payments directly from her trust account. Adams-Jones also admitted to failing to maintain a general ledger as required by Rule 1.15(e) (Safekeeping).’
Accordingly, the Disciplinary Commission ordered the public reprimand with publication of Adams-Jones in relation to her violations of the above-cited rules of professional conduct.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.