Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board News

Colorado lawyer reciprocally disbarred in Louisiana after role in client funds conversions

By Karen Kidd | Feb 19, 2019

NEW ORLEANS — Colorado Springs attorney Philip Martin Kleinsmith has been reciprocally disbarred following a Feb. 18 Louisiana Supreme Court attorney disciplinary proceeding after a similar discipline in the other state for alleged conversion of client funds.

Former Monroe councilman convicted of racketeering readmitted to practice law

By Karen Kidd | Feb 19, 2019

NEW ORLEANS — Disbarred Monroe attorney and former city councilman Arthur Gilmore Jr. has been readmitted following a Feb. 15 Louisiana Supreme Court decision and his release from federal imprisonment over racketeering charges.

Permanent disbarment recommend for Covington attorney after 2015 stalking, harassment arrest

By Karen Kidd | Feb 19, 2019

NEW ORLEANS — Disbarred Covington attorney Raymond Charles Burkart III faces possible permanent disbarment following a recent recommendation by a Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board (LADB) over allegations that included harassing his ex-girlfriend in 2015.

Lake Charles attorney faces suspension for violating professional conduct rules

By Karen Kidd | Feb 14, 2019

NEW ORLEANS – Ineligible Lake Charles attorney Candace Pousson Howay faces suspension following a recommendation issued Feb. 12 by a Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board (LADB) hearing committee over allegations in a single client matter.

LADB recommends suspension for Alexandria attorney

By Karen Kidd | Feb 14, 2019

NEW ORLEANS — Alexandria attorney Darrell K. Hickman faces the possibility of a partially deferred suspension following a recommendation issued Feb. 8 by a Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board (LADB) hearing committee over allegations in two client matters.

Louisiana disciplinary panel recommends conditional reinstatement for Houston attorney

By Karen Kidd | Feb 13, 2019

NEW ORLEANS (Louisiana Record) – Houston attorney Attlah Deniece Burrell, who suspended in Louisiana for more than a decade, could be conditionally reinstated following a Feb. 12 Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board (LADB) recommendation to the state Supreme Court.

New Orleans attorney suspended following conviction in alleged sexual encounter with cabdriver

By Karen Kidd | Feb 12, 2019

NEW ORLEANS (Louisiana Record) – Ineligible New Orleans attorney Jennifer Elaine Gaubert was suspended following a Feb. 11 Louisiana Supreme Court attorney disciplinary proceeding regarding her criminal conviction stemming from a 2012 sexual encounter with a cabdriver.

Laplace attorney suspended for mishandling a trust account

By Karen Kidd | Feb 10, 2019

NEW ORLEANS — Laplace attorney Daniel Elmore Becnel III has been suspended following a split Jan. 30 Louisiana Supreme Court attorney disciplinary proceeding over allegations that he mishandled a client's trust account

LADB hearing committee recommends suspension for Springhill attorney following undisclosed 2012 DUI arrest

By Karen Kidd | Feb 7, 2019

NEW ORLEANS — Springhill attorney Ronald David Harvey faces possible suspension after a recommendation was issued Jan. 29 by a Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board (LADB) hearing committee following allegations in a child custody matter and an undisclosed 2012 DUI arrest

Baton Rouge attorney convicted of 'chest bumping,' Abita Springs attorney arrested for DUI receive suspensions

By Karen Kidd | Feb 5, 2019

NEW ORLEANS (Louisiana Record) – Baton Rouge attorney Felix Anthony DeJean IV was suspended and Abita Springs attorney Ella Cortland Goodyear was voluntarily suspended in separate Louisiana Supreme Court attorney disciplinary proceedings.

Covington attorney suspended over allegedly executing false quitclaim deeds

By Karen Kidd | Feb 5, 2019

NEW ORLEANS – Covington attorney William M. Magee was suspended following a split Jan. 30 Louisiana Supreme Court attorney disciplinary proceeding over allegations he created, improperly executed and notarized false quitclaim deeds.

Deferred suspension, probation recommended for New Orleans attorney alleged to have practiced law while ineligible

By Karen Kidd | Feb 5, 2019

NEW ORLEANS – New Orleans attorney Kemic Alan Smothers faces a fully-deferred suspension and probation following a recommendation issued Jan. 31 by a Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board (LADB) hearing committee for allegedly providing legal services in 2014 while he was ineligible.

New Iberia attorney suspended, placed on probation over trust account dispute

By Karen Kidd | Feb 4, 2019

NEW ORLEANS – New Iberia attorney Alicia Johnson Butler received a partially deferred suspension following a split Jan. 30 Louisiana Supreme Court attorney disciplinary proceeding over a dispute that arose in her trust account.

Disciplinary board panel cites long list of charges in recommending permanent disbarment for Shreveport attorney

By Karen Kidd | Jan 31, 2019

NEW ORLEANS – Shreveport attorney Michael Brian Rennix is facing permanent disbarment following a recent recommendation by a Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board (LADB) hearing committee.

Disciplinary board hearing panel recommends New Orleans attorney be disbarred following bank theft plea

By Karen Kidd | Jan 31, 2019

NEW ORLEANS – Suspended New Orleans attorney Hilliard Charles Fazande III faces disbarment after a recent recommendation by a Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board (LADB) hearing committee following his sentencing last fall for bank theft.

Baton Rouge attorney receives official suspension following negligent injuring plea

By Karen Kidd | Jan 22, 2019

NEW ORLEANS (Louisiana Record) – Baton Rouge attorney Gerald Joseph Asay received an official suspension and longtime Houston attorney Bernadette Lockett Thomas is on voluntary inactive status following separate Louisiana Supreme Court filings.

Disciplinary board recommends Shreveport attorney be permanently disbarred following 2017 identity theft arrest

By Karen Kidd | Jan 22, 2019

NEW ORLEANS (Louisiana Record) – Ineligible Shreveport attorney Christopher Lee Sices faces possible permanent disbarment following a recent Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board (LADB) hearing committee's recommendation over allegations that included identity theft and forgery.

Disciplinary panel recommends attorney practicing without license not be admitted to bar for several years

By Karen Kidd | Jan 22, 2019

NEW ORLEANS (Louisiana Record) – Sanford A. Kutner, an attorney licensed in Oklahoma and New York who has maintained a Louisiana address, may not be admitted to the practice of law in Louisiana for several years following a Jan. 16 Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board (LADB) hearing committee's recommendation.

New Orleans attorney imprisoned over alleged health care fraud faces possible disbarment

By Karen Kidd | Jan 17, 2019

NEW ORLEANS (Louisiana Record) — Suspended New Orleans attorney Louella P. Givens-Harding faces possible permanent disbarment following a recommendation issued Jan. 14 by a Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board (LADB) hearing committee over her 2017 federal health care fraud conviction.

Denham Springs attorney placed on supervised probation for alleged mishandled trust account

By Karen Kidd | Jan 17, 2019

NEW ORLEANS (Louisiana Record) — Longtime Denham Springs attorney Michael A. Betts has received a deferred suspension and has been placed on supervised probation following a Jan. 14 Louisiana Supreme Court attorney disciplinary proceeding over allegations he mishandled his client trust account.

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