New Orleans attorney Timon V. Webre has been placed on probation following a Jan. 12 Louisiana Supreme Court disciplinary proceeding over allegations he violated six court rules of professional conduct.
Webre received a fully deferred one year and one day suspension an one year of supervised probation, according to the high court's seven-page disciplinary proceeding. Webre also was ordered to pay costs. Allegations against Webre arose from a single client matter, according to the disciplinary proceeding.
Webre was admitted to the Louisiana bar Oct. 7, 1988, according to his profile at the Louisiana State Bar Association's website.
In November 2016, the office of disciplinary counsel filed formal charges against Webre that included failure to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing his client), failure to communicate with his client and safekeeping property of clients or third persons, according to the disciplinary proceeding. Webre also was accused of cash withdrawals and checks made payable to "Cash" from his client trust account, according to the disciplinary proceeding.
In May, Louisiana attorney discipline board hearing committee recommended Webre receive a fully deferred year-and-a-day suspension after the committee found Webre had deposited a check into his personal account rather than into his client trust account. The hearing committee also found Webre had improperly withdrawn funds from his client trust account. In addition to suspension, the hearing committee also recommended Webre be require to attend classes on trust accounting and law office management and that he hire a CPA.
This past November, the Louisiana attorney discipline board also recommended Webre receive a fully deferred year-and-a-day suspension, in addition to one year of supervised probation, after finding he had failed to diligently represent and communicate with his client and mishandled his client trust account.
Prior to a hearing in the matter, Webre entered into a joint stipulation with the office of disciplinary counsel in which he admitted he had violated professional conduct rule, according to the disciplinary proceeding. Webre stipulated to all of the ODC's allegations except for that of having written checks made payable to "Cash" from his client trust account, the disciplinary proceeding said.
In previous disciplines, Webre was admonished in 1998 and 2002, both times for diligence- and communication-related violations, according to the proceeding.
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