On Tuesday, December 19, 2023, the Supreme Court of Georgia disbarred attorney Steven Ryan Webster after he voluntarily surrendered his law license due to multiple violations of trust account rules.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Steven Ryan Webster,” with case no. S24Y0019.

According to the filing, Webster’s trust account issues came to light in June 2022 when his bank notified the State Bar of Georgia that four checks totaling $52,221.40 from his attorney trust account bounced due to insufficient funds. Further investigation by the bank found $400,000 in returned, unpaid checks from the account.

Webster admitted to the State Bar that he had moved funds from his trust account, which is meant to hold client funds separately, to his operating account to pay business expenses. He also failed to keep proper accounting records of the money in the trust account belonging to various clients and third parties.

Five underlying disciplinary complaints were also filed against Webster dating back to May 2022. In these matters, Webster mishandled client earnest money, failed to pay out settlement funds on real estate deals, did not submit title insurance premiums or provide necessary paperwork to his title insurer, and misused funds meant for a homebuyer’s insurance policy.

While Webster had no prior disciplinary record, the State Bar argued several factors in aggravation, including a pattern of misconduct over multiple offenses between May and June 2022. Noting precedence, the Supreme Court accepted Webster’s voluntary license surrender, which is equivalent to disbarment under state law. With his disbarment by the high court on December 19, 2023, Steven Ryan Webster is now prohibited from practicing law in the state of Georgia.

The Disposition states:

“We have reviewed the record and agree to accept Webster’s petition for voluntary discipline wherein he requests that this Court accept the voluntary surrender of his license, which is tantamount to disbarment. Accordingly, it is ordered that the name of Steven Ryan Webster be removed from the rolls of persons authorized to practice law in the State of Georgia. Webster is reminded of his duties pursuant to Bar Rule 4 – 219 (b).”

According to avvo.com, Mr. Webster was a real estate attorney in Duluth, Georgia. He attended the Georgia State University College of Law. He acquired his law license in Georgia in 1992.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.