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Webster Groves Attorney Suspended for Misconduct

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The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday suspended Marvin Karl Hawkins Jr., an attorney with the Webster Groves law firm, for professional misconduct.

The court’s decision came after the Chief Disciplinary Advocate found there was probable cause to find Hawkins guilty.

Hawkins did not file a timely response or other response to counsel’s findings, the court wrote in its ruling. After counsel filed his disciplinary recommendations, Hawkins filed his own suggestions in support of specific discipline on June 10.

The court found Hawkins guilty of violating Rules 4-1.3 and 4-1.4 of the Rules of Professional Conduct.

Rule 4-1.3 sets the standard of care in the client-lawyer relationship and states: “A lawyer shall act with reasonable care and promptness in representing the client.” Rule 4-1.4 governs communications between lawyers and their clients and states: “Reasonable communication between the client and the lawyer is necessary for the client to participate effectively in the representation. Rule 4-1.4(a)(1) requires the lawyer to keep the client reasonably informed of the status of the matter, such as material events affecting the timing or substance of the representation.”

“Therefore, this Court orders that the defendant, Marvin Karl Hawkins Jr., is hereby indefinitely suspended from the practice of law, without the opportunity for reinstatement for a period of six months from the date of this order,” Chief Justice Mary R. Russell wrote in the report.

Hawkins must also pay $1,000 into the Advisory Committee Fund.

Hawkins did not respond to a request for comment.

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