NEW ORLEANS — Lake Charles attorney Bryan F. Gill Jr, practicing in Louisiana for almost 32 years, has been suspended following an April 6 Louisiana Supreme Court attorney disciplinary proceeding over allegations he "commingled personal funds with client funds in his trust account and converted client and third party funds."

The state Supreme Court suspended Gill for 18 months, with half that period deferred, to be followed by two years of unsupervised conditional probation, according to the high court's two-page attorney disciplinary proceeding. The probationary period is set to begin from the date Gill and the office of disciplinary counsel executes a plan of formal probation.

The high court's disciplinary proceeding followed an office of disciplinary counsel investigation into the allegations against Gill. Before formal charges were filed, Gill and the office of disciplinary counsel filed a joint petition for consent discipline, which the court accepted.

Gill's probationary period will be governed by the conditions detailed in the joint petition for consent discipline, according to the disciplinary proceeding. "Any failure of [Gill] to comply with the conditions of probation, or any misconduct during the probationary period, may be grounds for making the deferred portion of the suspension executory, or imposing additional discipline, as appropriate," the proceeding said.

Gill also was ordered to pay all costs and expenses in the matter with legal interest beginning thirty days from the final date of the court's judgment until all is paid.

Gill was admitted to the Louisiana bar Oct. 10, 1986, according to his profile at the Louisiana State Bar Association's website. No prior discipline is listed on Gill's state bar profile. Gill, a personal injury, criminal law and bankruptcy attorney, maintains a law office in Lake Charles, according to information on his state bar profile.

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