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Arizona-based attorney receives reciprocal suspension, probation

Discipline

By Karen Kidd | Sep 20, 2018


The attorney has been ineligible to practice in Louisiana since September 1995.

NEW ORLEANS — The Louisiana Supreme Court reciprocally disciplined Attorney Sabinus A. Megwa following a Sept. 14 proceeding.

Megwa was suspended for thirty days, which will be followed 18 months of supervised probation, according to the Louisiana Supreme Court's attorney disciplinary proceeding.

Megwa has been ineligible to practice in Louisiana since September 1995 for failing to pay bar dues and a disciplinary assessment, according to the disciplinary proceeding. Megwa also failed to fulfill mandatory continuing legal education requirements and a trust account disclosure statement.

Megwa was admitted to the bar in Louisiana on Oct. 9, 1981, according to his profile at the Louisiana State Bar Association's website. He was admitted to the bar in Arizona in 1987, according to his profile at the State Bar of Arizona's website. Megwa was reprimanded in April 2015 and suspended and then reinstated and placed on probation last year, according to information on his State Bar of Arizona profile.

The Louisiana Supreme Court's reciprocal discipline follows a 30-day suspension and 18 months probation handed down by the Arizona Supreme Court in August 2017. He was disciplined over his representation of a client and her two children following an automobile accident, according to information on Megwa's State Bar of Arizona profile. 

Megwa settled the children's claims in July 2014 and then told the mother that the settlement was subject to court approval and a conservator's appointment. Megwa allegedly delayed filing conservator appointment petitions until May 2016 and failed to respond to his client's phone calls and requests for information.

Last, the Arizona Supreme Court accepted proposed agreement for discipline by consent reached between Megwa and the Arizona bar before handing down the suspension in that state.

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