Tuesday, May 11, 2010
The Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board has recommended the permanent disbarment of an attorney who misappropriated the funds of several clients. He also had engaged in litigation-related misconduct. A number of the clients were professional athletes, including a hockey player for the minor league New Orleans Brass and a member of the Louisiana Ice Skaters.
His practice also involved representation of several players with the New Orleans Saints. The attorney stole workers compensation awards paid to the two of the players for their injuries. They were not advised of the payments and did not get a penny. When he was fired by 18 of his Saints clients and two players for the New Orleans Voodoo, he failed to turn over client files which had been lost or destroyed when he was evicted from his Atlanta office.
The attorney also was convicted of cocaine possession and impaired driving charges.
The attorney attempted to resign from the Louisiana Bar and did not participate in the disciplinary proceedings. (Mike Frisch)