The Commission for Lawyer Discipline, an arm of the State Bar of Texas, has filed a petition to suspend the practice of Beaumont attorney Kip Lamb.

The petition was filed July 10 in Jefferson County District Court.

Lamb is charged with two counts of misapplication of fiduciary property. The criminal case is set for trial in September.

According to the petition, on April 14, 2008, Lamb received $1,094,611.02 into his trust account as his client's (New Life Tabernacle Church) portion of a settlement.

Lamb later transferred the funds to other bank accounts for his own personal use and his law firm's use, the petition states.

"In this case, (Lamb's) conduct is unbecoming of a lawyer and will unquestionably place any client or prospective client at risk ... of having their settlement misappropriated," the petition states.

"Accordingly, (Lamb) must be suspended from the practice of law pending a final disposition of the disciplinary proceedings currently pending against him."

Chief Disciplinary Counsel Linda Acevedo represents the Bar.

Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court, is assigned to the case.

Case No. A192-664

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