Louisiana Supreme Court

400 Royal Street
New Orleans, LA - 70130


Louisiana Supreme Court News

Longtime Lafayette judge is fondly remembered

LAFAYETTE—He was known as the judge who was “Firm but fair.”

Reprimand, interim suspension handed down to Louisiana attorneys in November

A reprimand and an interim suspension were among disciplines handed down by the Louisiana Supreme Court in November, according to documents released during the month.

Shreveport man freed from death row files suit in hopes 'injustice never happens again'

SHREVEPORT — The lawsuit filed by former death row inmate Rodricus Crawford is about more than justice for Crawford; it's about getting Caddo Parish officials to change their death-penalty-dealing ways, one of the now-freed man's attorneys said during a recent interview.

Baton Rouge attorney on probation over allegations stemming from attacked middle school student

Baton Rouge attorney Darryl L. Robertson has been suspended for one year and a day following a Nov. 28 Louisiana Supreme Court disciplinary proceeding over allegations that included failing to provide competent representation to a client.

Mamou attorney disbarred following forgery, other allegations in personal injury case

Mamou attorney Timmy James Fontenot has been disbarred following a Nov. 28 Louisiana Supreme Court disciplinary proceeding over allegations that included forgery and delaying payment of a settlement in a personal injury case.

Dissenting justice argues New Orleans attorney should not be allowed to apply for readmission

New Orleans attorney Ramsey Terry Marcello, whose conditional admission to practice law in Louisiana was revoked in 2011, will not be readmitted soon and should not be allowed to again apply for readmission, according to a recent Louisiana Supreme Court ruling and one justice's dissent.

New Orleans attorney receives deferred suspension over alleged client trust fund issues

New Orleans attorney Wayne E. Garrett, active more than 40 years, faces a year of probation following a Nov. 17 Louisiana Supreme Court disciplinary proceeding over alleged mishandling of his trust account in multiple client matters.

Marrero attorney permanently disbarred following allegation of converting $70,000

Marrero attorney Kenneth Michael Waguespack Jr. has been permanently disbarred following a Nov. 13 Louisiana Supreme Court disciplinary proceeding over allegations that included forgery and converting tens of thousands of dollars.

Atlanta attorney reciprocally disbarred following fraud conviction

Atlanta attorney Everett H. Mechem, has been reciprocally disbarred following an Oct. 27 Louisiana Supreme Court disciplinary proceeding, more than a year after his conviction on 28 counts of fraud in connection with a Social Security payment scheme

Baker judge publicly reprimanded following alleged neglect of client trust account

Baker attorney and city court judge Kirk Anthony Williams has been publicly reprimanded following an Oct. 27 Louisiana Supreme Court disciplinary proceeding over allegations he mishandled his private practice client trust account.

Lafayette attorney suspended for multiple violations

Lafayette attorney Richard Eugene Smith has been suspended for 60 days after an Oct. 16 Louisiana Supreme Court disciplinary proceeding following allegations he mishandled his client trust account and practiced law while he was ineligible to do so.

New Orleans attorney disbarred following multiple allegations, several years of discipline

New Orleans attorney Richard C. Teissier has been disbarred following an Oct. 27 Louisiana Supreme Court disciplinary proceeding over allegations that included engaging in the unauthorized practice of law.

Baton Rouge attorney suspended over alleged multiple offenses

Baton Rouge attorney Mark G. Simmons has been suspended for 60 days following an Oct. 16 Louisiana Supreme Court disciplinary proceeding over allegations of multiple offenses in a single client matter.

Louisiana Supreme Court clears Vernon Parish Asst DA of withholding evidence in murder trial

Leesville attorney and Vernon Parish assistant district attorney Ronald Kenneth Seastrunk has been cleared of all charges over his alleged failure to hand over evidence to the defense in a 2012 murder trial, according to an Oct. 18 Louisiana Supreme Court disciplinary proceeding.

Assistant U.S. attorney suspended for failing to disclose relationship with FBI agent

Shreveport attorney and assistant U.S. attorney C. Mignonne Griffing has been suspended six months following an Oct. 18 Louisiana Supreme Court disciplinary proceeding for failing to disclose an intimate relationship with an FBI agent.

New Orleans attorney suspended over allegations he 'grossly mishandled' client trust account

New Orleans attorney Michael Louis Martin has been suspended for two years following an Oct. 16 Louisiana Supreme Court disciplinary proceeding over allegations he mishandled his client trust account.

Lafayette attorney disbarred after stealing almost $40,000, admitting to opioid addiction

Lafayette attorney Adam Anthony Abdalla has been disbarred following an Oct. 18 Louisiana Supreme Court disciplinary proceeding following allegations he had stolen nearly $40,000 from his former employer.

Lafayette attorney disbarred after allegedly converting client funds in personal injury case

Lafayette attorney Peter Brian Derouen has been disbarred following an Oct. 16 Louisiana Supreme Court disciplinary hearing over allegations he converted more than $18,000 of a client's funds and didn’t coordinate payment of her medical bills.

Opelousas attorney permanently disbarred following allegations in 10 matters

Opelousas attorney Robert B. Purser has been permanently disbarred following an Oct. 9 Louisiana Supreme Court disciplinary proceeding over alleged misconduct in 10 legal matters, including conversion of more than $297,000 from multiple clients.

New Orleans attorney suspended over failing to communicate with client, other allegations

New Orleans attorney and Bruno and Bruno law firm co-founder Joseph M. Bruno Sr. received a partially stayed 90-day suspension following allegations he failed to communicate with a client for nine months.