Wyoming Supreme Court Censures Laramie Attorney

CHEYENNE–The Wyoming Supreme Court issued an order of public censure to Laramie attorney John James Learned. The public censure stemmed from Learned’s lack of diligence in representing the personal representative of an estate. Learned missed numerous deadlines set by the Wyoming probate code. Learned also charged and accepted fees from the personal representative without prior approval of the court as required by statute, which resulted in an order requiring Learned to refund those fees to the estate. Learned conceded that his conduct constituted negligent violations of Rules 1.1 (competence), 1.3 (diligence) and 1.5 (fees) of the Wyoming Rules of Professional Conduct. In approving the stipulation of Learned and Bar Counsel for a public censure as the appropriate sanction for Learned’s misconduct, the court ordered Learned to pay an administrative fee in the amount of $750.00 and costs of $50.00 to the Wyoming State Bar.