On Your Side Investigation: Springfield attorney accused of exchanging legal services for drugs
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - A Springfield attorney with more than two hundred pending cases cannot practice law right now.
Ryan Reynolds has an interim suspension.
Court papers say, he has a drug problem. Clients have accused him of trading drugs for legal services.
Ryan Reynolds, with The Missouri Law Company, was arrested this summer for trespassing. The police report says he was at the Battlefield Mall with ‘no shoes, possibly on drugs and had trouble walking’.
Just a few months before, after an ordered drug test, Reynolds tested positive for morphine.
In December he was put on interim suspension. It means Reynolds must stop practicing law, for the time being.
It reads Reynolds ‘consumed alcohol while meeting with his client.’
It says he ‘solicited, traded and/or accepted illegal drugs from his client as payment for legal services.
It says while at a criminal jury trial he was ‘under the influence of illegal drugs.’
Dan Patterson, The Greene County Prosecutor, filed a complaint to the Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel.
In it, deputies describe Reynolds at the courthouse as ‘unable to hold his head up, unable to maintain upright balance and was about to fall over’.
Reynolds has filed a response. He denies the claims from clients. As for the arrest at the mall, and Patterson’s complaint, he blames a bad reaction to Xanax.
Also in Reynolds’ response, he ‘attempted to self-treat with street drugs because he’s a veteran with PTSD’.
He’s going to therapy. He had a drug test a few weeks ago. Everything they tested for was negative.
Reynolds has dozens of clients now waiting, including Tabatha Altic’s husband.
“Life happens. People run into issues all the time. My husband is sitting in jail right now for dumb decisions. I can’t judge anyone based on that, just as long as he follows through with what he is supposed to,” Altic said.
Reynolds has an attorney for this case. He declined our request for an interview. He says clients are supposed to get a letter about what’s going on. Altic says she has not received any direction.
We’ll continue to follow this story.
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