On Tuesday, January 23, 2024, the Missouri Supreme Court disbarred Christopher J. Stark from the practice of law in the state. According to the court order, the Chief Disciplinary Counsel had investigated Stark and found probable cause that he was guilty of professional misconduct.
The charges cited Missouri Rules of Professional Conduct 4-1.3, 4-1.4, 4-1.15, 4-1.16, 4-3.2, 4-8.1, and 4-8.4.
Stark failed to file a timely answer to respond to the allegations and was ruled to be in default. The court also stated that Stark was guilty of violating several Missouri rules of professional conduct governing competence, communication with clients, safekeeping of client property, diligence, expediting litigation, cooperation with disciplinary investigation, and misconduct.
As a result of these violations, the Supreme Court canceled Stark’s license to practice law in Missouri and ordered his name removed from the state’s roll of attorneys. He was also required to pay $2,000 to the Advisory Committee Fund and comply with procedures following disbarment.
The Disposition states:
“Now, therefore, it is ordered by this Court that Respondent is hereby disbarred, that his right and license to practice law in the State of Missouri is canceled, and that his name be stricken from the roll of attorneys in this State.”
According to avvo.com, Mr. Stark was an attorney in Springfield, Missouri. He acquired his law license in Missouri in 1973.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.