On Tuesday, January 30, 2024, the Supreme Court of Missouri issued an order disbarring Attorney Richard Forrest White based on his previous disbarment in Louisiana.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Richard Forrest White,” with case no. SC100379.

The charges cited Missouri Rules of Professional Conduct 4-1.3, 4-1.4, 4-1, 1.16(d), 4-3.4(c), 4-8.1(c), and 4-8.4. 

The order stemmed from information filed by the Chief Disciplinary Counsel advising the Court that White had been disbarred by the Louisiana Supreme Court. According to the information, White’s conduct in Louisiana violated the state’s Rules of Professional Conduct.

White’s actions that led to disbarment in Louisiana originated from his representation of a client named James Cordell Zeno, who was seeking damages from a 2016 car accident. White agreed to take on Zeno’s case in 2017 but then failed to take any further action. Over the next few years, Zeno made repeated attempts to contact White to get updates but received no response.

Without updates or additional filings, Zeno’s lawsuit began to be abandoned. White also violated his duties to keep Zeno reasonably informed and comply with his information requests. Meanwhile, White faced unrelated allegations of misconduct that resulted in his Louisiana disbarment in 2023.

Given White’s disbarment in Louisiana, the Missouri Supreme Court issued a show cause order for White to explain why reciprocal discipline should not be imposed. As White did not respond, the Court found he had violated Missouri’s Rules of Professional Conduct and ordered that he be disbarred and his name stricken from the roll of Missouri attorneys. White must also comply with rules following disbarment and pay the costs of the Missouri proceedings.

The Disposition states:

“Now, therefore, it is ordered by this Court that the motion for reciprocal discipline is sustained and Respondent is hereby disbarred, that his right and license to practice law in the State of Missouri is canceled and that his name is stricken from the roll of attorneys in this state.”

According to avvo.com, Mr. White is an attorney in Lake Charles, Louisiana. He acquired his law license in Missouri in 1985.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.