Macon Attorney Disbarred

A Macon attorney has been disbarred. Richard L. Winkie was found guilty of professional misconduct – for mishandling of financial dealings. Several former clients of of the attorney, formally issued a complaint to the Chief Disciplinary Counsel that investigates conduct of Missouri’s Lawyers, after irregularities turned up in Winkie’s operation of client trust accounts. Winkie didn’t deny the allegations, but cited lack of prior experience managing a trust account. He argued that he had made a good faith effort to make restitution to his clients. He had requested either probation or stayed suspension with mentoring. A disciplinary hearing panel determined Winkie committed 16 professional conduct code violations and recommended he be disbarred.