Saturday, January 31, 2009
The Louisiana Supreme Court imposed a suspension of two years in a matter where the attorney had been convicted of felony unauthorized entry into an inhabited dwelling stemming from a dispute with his former fiancee. After he was suspended on an interim basis as a result of the conviction, he failed to so advise a client; rather, he told the client that the case had been reassigned to another attorney. The client objected to the transfer of the case and filed a bar complaint. A third matter involved the lawyer's representation of his employee in an accident case. He had failed to provide the case file to new counsel after he was discharged.
The court imposed the suspension nunc pro tunc to the date of the November 2004 interim suspension, concluding that a two year prospective suspension would be punitive. (Mike Frisch)