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Disbarred Delcambre attorney punished again over allegations in client matter

By Karen Kidd | Sep 29, 2017

Disbarred Delcambre attorney Janinne Latrell Gilbert has again been disbarred following a Sept. 22 Louisiana Supreme Court disciplinary proceeding over two sets of formal charges filed by the office of disciplinary council.

The high court's latest disciplinary proceeding against Gilbert was handed down based on the office of disciplinary counsel's formal charges over her representation of a client who hired her in February 2015. Those charges included allegations that she failed to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client, failed to communicate with a client, charged an unreasonable fee, failed to refund an unearned fee, engaged in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation and failed to cooperate in the subsequent investigation.

The high court also ordered Gilbert permanently prohibited from being readmitted to practice law in Louisiana and that she pay $2,000 restitution plus interest, as well as all costs and expenses in the matter.

Gilbert was admitted to the bar in Louisiana on April 13, 2006, according to her profile at the Louisiana State Bar's website.

Gilbert was previously disbarred following a March 4, 2016 Louisiana Supreme Court disciplinary proceeding for misconduct alleged to have occurred between 2010 and 2014. That disbarment was issued for allegedly neglecting legal matters, failing to communicate with clients, failing to account for or refund unearned fees, failing to properly withdraw from a representation and engaging in dishonest conduct.

In August 2015, hearing committee No. 22 recommended Gilbert be disbarred over allegations she failed to communicate with multiple clients, failed to return unearned fees, and failed to cooperate with the office of disciplinary council's investigation.

The Office of Disciplinary Council filed two sets of formal charges Nov. 10, 2015, and, in July of the following year, also recommended disbarment over allegations that Gilbert violated several rules of professional conduct.

There was no formal hearing was held and Gilbert filed nothing for the hearing committee’s consideration in either matter, according to the Sept. 22 disciplinary proceeding. "The formal charges were considered by separate hearing committees, and then consolidated by order of the disciplinary board in October 2016," the disciplinary proceeding said.

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