On Friday, January 19, 2024, the Montana Supreme Court received a petition from the Office of Disciplinary Counsel regarding a lawyer convicted of a criminal offense. The petition concerns Katherine A. Proctor, a lawyer admitted to practice law in Montana in 2009.
The case is entitled “In the Matter of Katherine A. Proctor,” with case no. 22-256.
According to the petition, Proctor was charged on January 24, 2022, with aggravated assault and accountability for aggravated assault for allegedly seriously injuring her infant child between June and September 2021. In December 2022, a jury found Proctor guilty of assault on a minor, in which the victim was under 36 months of age and suffered serious bodily injury. She was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
The Office of Disciplinary Counsel is now asking the Montana Supreme Court to determine if Proctor’s criminal conviction affects her ability to practice law. If so, the office is requesting the court immediately suspend her law license pending the results of a disciplinary proceeding based on the conviction. The petition includes a certified copy of Proctor’s judgment and commitment from the District Court in Lewis and Clark County. It provides details of the charges and allegations against her, the verdict, and the sentence from the trial.
The Office of Disciplinary Counsel is seeking an order from the Supreme Court to suspend Proctor’s license and require the office to file a formal complaint against Proctor related to her conviction. A ruling is pending from the state’s high court.
According to avvo.com, Ms. Proctor is an attorney in Plevna, Montana. She acquired her law license in Montana in 2009.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.