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Disciplinary panel recommends that Lawrence’s Chris Miller, former GOP chairman, be disbarred

Attorney was suspended by court in 2006

April 29, 2010

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A panel for the Kansas Board for Discipline of Attorneys is recommending a Lawrence attorney be disbarred, accusing him of practicing law while under suspension from the Kansas Supreme Court.

An attorney for Chris Miller disputes the panel’s findings, and the state Supreme Court justices will hear arguments in the case on May 11.

According to a report about a June 23, 2009, hearing in the matter, the three-attorney panel accuses Miller of not altering his conduct after he was suspended in December 2006. The Kansas Supreme Court had suspended Miller for two years for overbilling the Kansas Insurance Department.

Miller and Chris Cowger, a Topeka attorney at the time, had reached an agreement to have Cowger take over Miller’s practice, that included a high volume of workers’ compensation cases.

“(Miller) simply changed the signature line on letters and pleadings. (Miller) also hired Mr. Cowger to review and sign letters, review and sign pleadings, and make court appearances,” according to the hearing report.

The two sides also dispute whether Cowger or Miller owned the law practice in 2007 during Miller’s suspension.

Miller’s attorney, John Ambrosio, has taken exception to several of the findings made by the disciplinary panel of attorneys, Rex A. Sharp, Debra E. James and Scott J. Mann. The panel’s report is a recommendation while the Supreme Court makes a final determination in attorney disciplinary matters.

Ambrosio declined comment Thursday other than to say the two sides disagree about whether Miller was practicing law during his suspension.

Miller served as a past chairman of the Douglas County Republican Party, and his term ended in 2004.

Comments

matthewjherbert 4 years, 4 months ago

he's my old landlord.....in a house that burned down.....and apparently commits insurance fraud. Coincidences are neat.

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Ricky_Vaughn 4 years, 4 months ago

Sounds like he's an ambulance chaser and a crook!

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bad_dog 4 years, 4 months ago

Overbilling a state agency-even the KS Insurance Department does not constitute "insurance fraud".

Are you alleging he is an arsonist?

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Richard Payton 4 years, 4 months ago

One is for thinking and one is for fun. Are you the dame that got John Wayne Bobbitt just wondering if Lorena Bobbitt moved to Lawrence.

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Bob Harvey 4 years, 4 months ago

Or William Jefferson, Dem, Louisiana. Party affiliations have little or no effect on behavior. Neither party is immune from corruption and foul play.

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50YearResident 4 years, 4 months ago

Goodbye Chris, what goes around, comes around. : 0 {

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emptymind 4 years, 4 months ago

spam. spam, everywhere a spam-spam

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Flap Doodle 4 years, 4 months ago

I'm still wondering why the First Klingon chose to surrender her license to practice law a few years ago.

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CLARKKENT 4 years, 4 months ago

WOW, A POSSIBLE CROOKED LAWYER, IMAGINE THAT!!!!!!

KINDA IRONIC THAT A STORY ON PHILL KLINE IS ON THE SAME PAGE.

SURPRIZE, SURPRIZE!!!!!!!!!!!

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ozzynbn 4 years, 4 months ago

Surprised Chris Miller's career turned out this way. I was a Lawrence Jaycee back in the 80's and he was one of the members and he did a great job in any office he held or any function that was going on. I pass no judgement on the man.

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