LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday disbarred Monticello lawyer Kenneth Alan Harper for “serious misconduct.”

According to filings by the Arkansas Supreme Court Committee on Professional Conduct, Harper’s law office shut down in 2012 and no notice was given to his clients.

Harper has said in filings that he suffered a broken hip in November 2012 and that when he was released from the hospital he discovered that his staff had left, his utilities had been cut off and his bookkeeper had overdrawn his business account.

In 2013, the Supreme Court’s Committee on Professional Conduct suspended Harper’s Arkansas law license for three years. In May 2014, it filed a petition seeking his disbarment.

Harper failed to respond to the petition within 30 days, and a motion for default judgment was filed in June 2014. In July 2014, Harper filed a late response.

The Supreme Court appointed a special judge in the case, John Cole, and in October of last year Cole entered a default judgment against Harper.

Harper was notified of a Nov. 10 hearing on sanctions, but he did not appear at it. In February, Cole recommended disbarment. Harper was given until April 2 to file a brief, but he did not file a brief or ask for an extension.

The Supreme Court said in an order Thursday that in light of evidence of serious misconduct by Harper, and in the absence of any brief by Harper to review, it granted the petition for disbarment, barring Harper from practicing law in Arkansas.