Local attorney sees law license suspended for two months


Pine Bluff attorney Jeffrey H. Kearney had his law license suspended for two months effective July 10 after a state supreme court body found that he was in violation of two rules of professional conduct.

The Office of Professional Conduct of the Supreme Court of Arkansas found that Kearney had failed to submit an appeals brief for his client, Peter Daniels Jr., in a timely manner when, over the course of the fall of 2011 Kearney obtained several extensions from the court to give him more time to file the brief.

The brief had originally been due Nov. 7 and as of Dec. 20 he had yet to file the brief with the Arkansas Court of Appeals.

In a formal order entered on Jan. 11 of this year, the Court of Appeals denied Kearney’s latest motion asking for more time in which to file his brief and granted opposing counsel’s motion to dismiss the appeal.

The Office of Professional Conduct also found that Kearney engaged in conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice when his failure to submit the brief to the Court of Appeals in a timely manner resulted in a delay in the orderly and timely resolution of the appeal proceedings, and when his failure to submit the brief on behalf of his client caused the Court of Appeals to spend additional time and effort that would not have been necessary otherwise.