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Nixa attorney reinstated, Baton Rouge attorney publicly reprimanded in separate Louisiana proceedings


By Karen Kidd | Oct 23, 2019


NEW ORLEANS (Louisiana Record) — Reciprocally suspended Nixa attorney Darryl Brent Johnson Jr. has been reinstated and Baton Rouge attorney Keelus Renardo Miles has been voluntarily publicly reprimanded following separate Oct. 21 Louisiana Supreme Court attorney disciplinary proceedings.

In its two-page disciplinary proceeding, the state Supreme Court accepted Johnson's petition for reinstatement, which itself followed a March 2016 Missouri Supreme Court decision to reinstate Johnson to the bar in that state. The Louisiana Supreme Court's reinstatement of Johnson was effective immediately.  The court also ordered him to pay all costs in the proceedings.

Johnson was admitted to the bar in Louisiana on Oct. 11, 1991, according to his profile at the Louisiana State Bar Association's website.

Johnson was suspended in Missouri in March 2014 after the Missouri Supreme Court indefinitely suspended him for violating professional conduct rules. The Louisiana Supreme Court reciprocally suspended Johnson in its August 2015 disciplinary proceeding.

In a separate Supreme Court attorney disciplinary proceeding, Miles and the office of disciplinary counsel submitted a joint petition for consent discipline with the court. In that petition, Miles acknowledged he violated professional conduct rules, including those regarding failures to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client, communicate with a client and refund an unearned fee, according to the disciplinary proceeding.

Miles also admitted to charging an unreasonable fee, not fulfilling obligations upon termination of representation and engaging in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation.

The high court accepted the petition and, in addition to reprimanding Miles, and ordered him to pay all costs and expenses, plus interest, in the disciplinary proceedings.

Miles was admitted to the bar in Louisiana on April 22, 2005, according to his profile at the state bar's website. No prior discipline was listed on his state bar profile or in a search of Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board's online database.

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