On Friday, January 20, 2023, the Arkansas Supreme Court Committee on Professional Conduct Panel A placed Bentonville attorney William Asa Hutchinson, III on interim suspension pursuant to a Verified Petition for Interim Suspension filed by the Executive Director of the Supreme Court Office of Professional Conduct alleging that Hutchinson poses a substantial threat of serious harm to the public and to his clients if he continues to practice law.

The case is styled ‘In Re: William Asa Hutchinson, III,’ case #CPC-2023-003.

According to the Order, the Committee found that the allegations in the petition are serious misconduct and involved violations of the Arkansas Rules of Professional Conduct, and for these reasons, the Committee deemed it appropriate to enter an Order of Interim Suspension suspending Hutchinson’s privilege to practice law.

The order reads:

“It is therefore ORDERED that Respondent William Asa Hutchinson be, and he hereby is, SUSPENDED from the practice of law within this jurisdiction immediately upon the filing of this Order with the Clerk of the Arkansas Supreme Court.”

The suspension was in relation to Hutchinson’s arrest on January 13, 2023, by the Deputies with the Benton County Sheriff’s Office for several charges, including possession of a controlled substance and simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms.

Hutchinson’s arraignment is scheduled on April 11, 2023.

According to Avvo, Mr. Hutchinson, III practiced in Bentonville and he has been admitted to practice law in Arkansas and Missouri.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.