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New Orleans attorney disbarred for falsely billing clients, retroactive punishment leaves open relicensing possibility

By Louisiana Record reports | Jul 7, 2015

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NEW ORLEANS – The Louisiana Supreme Court has disbarred a New Orleans-based attorney the Court says admitted to falsely billing his clients.

Following an investigation by the Office of Disciplinary Counsel, the Louisiana Supreme Court has disbarred Michael S. Sepcich.

Sepcich was accused of, and according to a Supreme Court press release, admitted to violating rules of professional conduct by submitting false billing for work he never performed on behalf his clients.

Due to the allegations, Sepcich has been suspended from practicing law since July 9, 2010. The high court’s ruling makes the disbarment retroactive to Sepcich’s original suspension.

Sepcich has also been ordered to pay for all costs and expenses related to his investigation and subsequent disbarment.

According to Supreme Court rules, although currently indefinitely disbarred, Sepcich can ask the court after a five-year mandatory minimum to be reinstated by the court. That means as soon as July 9 Sepcich will be able to request reinstatement.

Justice Jeanette Knoll dissented in the court’s ruling, noting that she would opt for a permanent disbarment of Sepcich without the option for reinstatement.

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