NEW ORLEANS -- Covington attorney James Casey Fos has been suspended for three years following a March 2 Louisiana Supreme Court attorney disciplinary proceeding after he admitted to multiple professional conduct rules violations, including filing a frivolous claim and misusing his client trust account.
The state Supreme Court's also ordered Fox to "make full restitution to his victims" and to pay all costs and expenses in the matter "with legal interest to commence 30 days from the date of finality of this court's judgment until paid," said the high court's single-page attorney disciplinary proceeding.
Fos was admitted to the Louisiana bar April 10, 1992, according to his profile at the Louisiana State Bar Association's website. No prior discipline before the state bar is listed on his bar profile.
The high court's attorney disciplinary proceeding followed an office of disciplinary counsel investigation into allegations against Fos, according to the attorney disciplinary proceeding. In addition to allegations that Fos filed a frivolous claim and misused his client trust account, the disciplinary counsel also alleged Fos presented a temporary restraining order request "in an improper fashion," the disciplinary proceeding said.
Fos' alleged misuse of his client trust "resulted in the commingling and conversion of client funds," the proceeding said.
After formal charges were filed, Fos and the office of disciplinary counsel filed a joint petition for consent discipline with the court, the attorney disciplinary proceeding said. Fos admitted in the joint petition for consent discipline that his misconduct violated the court's professional conduct rules, according to the disciplinary proceeding.
The state high court reviewed the joint petition for consent discipline and accepted it before handing down the three-year suspension against Fos, according to the attorney disciplinary proceeding.