Saturday, May 16, 2009

Violent Altercation Leads To Bar Discipline

The Louisiana Supreme Court revoked the license of an attorney for misconduct both as a lawyer and in private life. The practice-related charges involved neglect of a bankruptcy matter, failure to communicate with the client, failure to return unearned fees and documents, practicing while suspended for non-payment of bar dues and failing to cooperate with the bar's investigation.

The non-practice related incident took place at the drive-up window of a fast food restaurant. He began to argue with his girlfriend, poured beer on her and hit her over the head with an empty beer bottle. She then hit him the head with a beer bottle (he needed three stitches). He failed to appear for the simple battery criminal charges, which are still pending. The court found that this violent criminal conduct adversely reflected on his fitness to practice.

The attorney defaulted on the disciplinary charges. (Mike Frisch)

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Moral of the story, if you are going to fight with your girlfriend at the drive-in window, then buy her a can of beer and not a bottle.


Posted by: FixedWing | May 18, 2009 5:45:21 AM

Just a clarification: I think Stephen is quoting the proposed revised Ethics-2000 version of Model Rule 1.8(h), but I am not sure it was ever adopted by the ABA and certainly is not part of the Louisiana rules. It is still well advised, if not mandatory in most states and the District.

Posted by: Alan Childress | May 18, 2009 8:04:34 AM

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