Legal Ethics

Former KY Bar Ass'n Prez Disbarred

Four years ago, Stephen B. Catron was president of the Kentucky Bar Association. Today he’s no longer a lawyer, having been disbarred last week by the Kentucky Supreme Court.

Catron, who is accused of having mishandled $500,000 in public funds, says the allegation is unfounded. However, he apparently didn’t fight his disbarment and hasn’t practiced since he was temporarily suspended in 2004, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal. The newspaper says he has moved to Concord, Tenn., and retired. “I elected to go quietly into the night,” Catron told the newspaper.

The KBA Board of Governors unanimously recommended disbarment, reports the Bowling Green Daily News. Among the charges made against Catron were that he charged an unreasonable fee, didn’t segregate client funds and engaged in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation.

Catron is a former partner of Louisville-based Wyatt Tarrant & Combs, and served on the law firm’s executive committee, the Courier-Journal notes.

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