Thursday, October 7, 2010
The Louisiana Supreme Court has imposed a two-year suspension of an attorney for misconduct in two matters. One involved multiple failures to appear in bankruptcy matters; the other the failure to pay medical providers out of a personal injury settlement. The attorney had also not complied with trust accounting obligations, which the Disciplinary Board found was likely the result of negligence. The client had been pursued by creditors as a result of the failure to pay.
The attorney had lost her office to Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and a second office to a fire in 2007. There were no records of the personal injury case and even the settlement amount was in doubt. The attorney filed a statement agreeing to any discipline imposed but had not participated in the bar hearings. (Mike Frisch)