On Thursday, August 24, 2023, the Supreme Court of Kentucky rejected the application for reinstatement of attorney D. Steven Parks, citing a pattern of deception and failure to disclose critical information.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of D. Steven Parks,” with case no. 2021-SC-0475-KB.

The charges cited Kentucky Rules of Professional Conduct 1.3, 1.4(a)(3), 1.16(d) and 8.1(b) which states:

Park’s application for reinstatement was rejected due to multiple violations of legal and ethical standards. Parks, who was admitted to the practice of law in 2005, found himself entangled in a disciplinary case following a complaint from client Linda Stengel. Stengel had paid Parks $500 for assistance in obtaining the title for an abandoned vehicle. However, Parks failed to respond to her inquiries, secure the title, or refund her fee. This led to disciplinary actions by the Kentucky Bar Association, resulting in a 30-day suspension in 2014.

In 2020, Parks applied for reinstatement, but his application was marred by false information concerning his bankruptcy, legal proceedings, and disciplinary history. He omitted crucial details about a malpractice case and a judgment against him, as well as allegations of fraud in his bankruptcy case.

The Character and Fitness Committee scrutinized Parks’ application and recommended its denial, citing prior misconduct, lack of candor, issues with professional competence, and insufficient character evidence. The Board of Governors endorsed the Committee’s recommendation, emphasizing Parks’ failure to refund an unearned fee, false statements on his application, and doubts about his competence. They questioned Parks’ explanation for the misrepresentations, raising concerns about his competency. The Board also noted that character witnesses presented on Parks’ behalf did not provide convincing proof of rehabilitation.

The filing states:

“The Board also noted Parks’ false and misleading answers in his application and his failure to disclose the malpractice case and judgment, the fraud allegations against him, or his 2015 private admonition. The Board thus recommended we deny the application,”

The Supreme Court of Kentucky, having reviewed the case, adopted the Board of Governors’ recommendation to deny Parks’ reinstatement application. No parties filed subsequent appeals, and the court opted not to review the recommendation, effectively denying Parks’ bid to resume legal practice.

The Disposition states:

“The Board of Governors’ recommendation is supported by the record and the law. No party has made any subsequent filing to this Court following the Board’s submission. Thus, because the Board’s recommendation is supported by the record and the law, this Court elects not to review the recommendation as allowed under SCR 3.370(9). The recommendation of the Board is therefore adopted pursuant to SCR 3.370(10), and we thus deny Parks’ application for reinstatement.”

According to LinkedIn, Mr. Parks practiced in Louisville, Kentucky. He attended the Western Michigan University Cooley Law School. He acquired his law license in Kentucky in 2005.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.