CHEYENNE–The Wyoming Supreme Court has issued an order of the disciplinary suspension of Hampton M. Young, formerly of Casper, for a period of one year. The order stems from Young’s conduct in failing to maintain proper records regarding funds held in his lawyer trust account, an account in which client funds are required to be kept segregated from the lawyer’s own funds, and in failing to appropriately supervise his nonlawyer assistant. Investigation of activities in Young’s trust account revealed that funds in the account were routinely commingled with Young’s own funds. Further, the investigation revealed that Young’s legal assistant, who had been appointed to act as the personal representative in a probate matter being handled by Young, embezzled tens of thousands of dollars from the estate and then replaced those funds with money she embezzled from Young. The investigation revealed no evidence that any client was harmed by such conduct.

The parties’ stipulation for a one-year suspension of Young’s license to practice law was approved by the Board of Professional Responsibility (BPR) of the Wyoming State Bar and was submitted to the Wyoming Supreme Court. In adopting the BPR’s recommendation for a suspension, the Court ordered Young to pay an administrative fee of $750.00 and costs in the amount of $50.00 to the Wyoming State Bar.

Order of Suspension

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