Louisiana Supreme Court hands down rulings in 3 New Orleans attorney cases

By Karen Kidd | Jun 19, 2018

NEW ORLEANS (Louisiana Record) — Three New Orleans attorneys were the subject of separate and unrelated rulings recently handed down by the Louisiana Supreme Court.

NEW ORLEANS (Louisiana Record) — Three New Orleans attorneys were the subject of separate and unrelated rulings recently handed down by the Louisiana Supreme Court.

Sean C. Brazil has been voluntarily placed on interim suspension, Dianne J. Marshall was publicly reprimanded and Robert Alan Lenter has been allowed to permanently resign in lieu of discipline, according to June 15 Supreme Court rulings. Marshall and Lenter were admitted to the bar in Louisiana 34 and 28 years ago, respectively, while Brazil was admitted to the state bar about two years ago.

No prior discipline was listed on the separate profiles of the attorneys at the Louisiana State Bar Association's website.

The high court handed down its attorney disciplinary proceeding against Marshall over allegations she negligently violated professional conduct rules. Those rules regarded failing to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client and to communicate with a client, as well as rules about her obligations upon termination of representation, according to the high court's single-page attorney disciplinary proceeding. The high court accepted a joint petition for consent discipline filed by Marshall and the office of disciplinary counsel in which Marshall acknowledged negligent violation of those rules.

Marshall also was ordered to pay all costs and expenses in the matter.

Marshall was admitted to the bar in Louisiana on April 13, 1984, according to her profile at the state bar's website.

In a separate June 15 attorney disciplinary proceeding, New Orleans attorney Robert Alan Lenter has been allowed to permanently resign in lieu of discipline pending allegations he mishandled his clients' settlement funds, "among other professional misconduct." The office of disciplinary counsel concurred with his petition for permanent resignation, according to the high court's attorney disciplinary proceeding in his case.

Lenter also is permanently prohibited from seeking readmission to practice of law.

Lenter was admitted to the bar in Louisiana on April 27, 1990, according to his profile at the state bar's website.

In its order for Brazil's suspension, which was effective immediately, the state high court approved a joint petition for interim suspension filed by Brazil and the office of disciplinary counsel.

Brazil was admitted to the bar in Louisiana on May 12, 2016, according to his profile at the state bar's website.

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