November 23, 2009
Solicitation Charges Rejected But Suspension Imposed
The Louisiana Supreme Court imposed a three-year suspension of an attorney for conduct involving a loan from and financial assistance to the client. The court also affirmed findings of conversion and commingling. The client also testified that he served as a "runner" for the lawyer soliciting business. The court affirmed findings below rejecting charges based on that testimony in light of a hearing committee's conclusion that the witness was not credible and the absence of corroborating evidence.
The court found that the attorney had acted with a selfish motive and that there were no mitigating factors. (Mike Frisch)
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