Attorney Benjamin F. Liston has been disbarred from the practice of law in Michigan by the Attorney Discipline Board St. Clair County Hearing Panel #1, according to a notice issued on January 10, 2024.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Benjamin F. Liston,” with case no. 23-100-JC.

The charges cited Michigan Rules of Professional Conduct 8.4(b) and Michigan Court Rules 9.104(5) which states:

Engaged in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, misrepresentation, or violation of the criminal law, where such conduct reflects adversely on the lawyer’s honesty, trustworthiness, or fitness as a lawyer.

Engaged in conduct that violated criminal law of a state or of the United States, an ordinance, or tribal law.

Liston and the Grievance Administrator filed a Stipulation for a Consent Order of Disbarment, admitting to his September 2020 conviction of three misdemeanor counts of willful neglect of duty by a public officer holding public trust. According to the order, this conviction constituted professional misconduct.

Based on Liston’s admissions and the stipulation, the hearing panel found he committed professional misconduct by violating criminal law, specifically Michigan statute MCL 750.478. This violated Michigan Court Rules regarding criminal conduct reflecting adversely on a lawyer’s honesty and fitness.

Per the parties’ stipulation, the panel ordered Liston to be disbarred from practicing law in the state. Total costs assessed against Liston were $794.82. Liston’s disbarment was made effective as of January 6, 2024, bringing a formal end to his legal career in Michigan after his admissions of guilt to the criminal charges were deemed to breach attorney conduct standards.

According to lawyersjustia.com, Mr. Liston acquired his law license in Michigan in 1991.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.