NEW ORLEANS (Louisiana Record) – Lafayette attorney Jeanne Marie Laborde was publicly reprimanded and Slidell attorney Brian Anthony Dragon was indefinitely suspended in recent Louisiana Supreme Court actions.
Laborde's reprimand was voluntary following a joint petition for consent she and the Office of Disciplinary Counsel agreed to ahead of formal charges, according to attorney disciplinary proceeding issued by the high court Oct. 15.
"The Office of Disciplinary Counsel commenced an investigation into allegations that (Laborde) accepted the legal representation of a husband and wife whose interests were directly adverse to each other, and then, after terminating the legal representation of the husband, filed suit on behalf of the wife against the husband in the same matter," the proceeding said.
The Supreme Court accepted the joint petition before handing down the reprimand and also ordered Laborde to pay all costs and expenses in the matter.
Laborde was admitted to the bar in Louisiana on April 18, 1997, according to her profile at the Louisiana State Bar Association's website. No prior discipline was listed on his state bar profile.
In a separate order handed down Oct. 8, the state Supreme Court accepted an Office of Disciplinary Counsel petition against Dragon "for threat of harm" and suspended the attorney on an interim basis. The high court also indicated that the Office of Disciplinary Counsel may appoint a trustee to protect the interests of Dragon's clients.
No reason for Dragon's indefinite suspension was included in the order.
Dragon was admitted to the bar in Louisiana on Oct. 21, 2010, according to his profile at the Louisiana State Bar Association's website. No prior discipline was listed on his state bar profile.