New Orleans attorney to permanently resign for implementing settlements without client approval

By Karen Kidd | Nov 1, 2018

NEW ORLEANS (Louisiana Record) – New Orleans attorney Joshua William Christie was allowed to permanently resign following an Oct. 29 Louisiana Supreme Court order over allegations he implemented settlement agreements without clients approval.

Christie's voluntary resignation was in lieu of discipline, and he now is permanently prohibited from practicing law in Louisiana "or in any other jurisdiction in which he is admitted to the practice of law," the high court said in its two-page order.

Christie also "shall be permanently prohibited from seeking readmission to the practice of law in this state or in any other jurisdiction in which he is admitted and shall be permanently prohibited from seeking admission to the practice of law in any jurisdiction," the order said.

The Office of Disciplinary Counsel concurred in Christie's petition for permanent resignation, according to the order.

"The Office of Disciplinary Counsel filed formal charges against (Christie), alleging that he represented to opposing parties and the court that he had the authority to implement settlement agreements on behalf of two separate clients," the order said. "However, (Christie) did so without the knowledge, consent or approval of those clients or of the law firm for which he worked. The ODC also alleged that (Christie) failed to cooperate in its investigation."

Christie's legal career in Louisiana lasted about six years.

He was admitted to the bar in Louisiana on Oct. 25, 2012, according to his profile at the Louisiana State Bar Association's website. The previous spring, Christie was a designated a Loyola University New Orleans William L. Crowe Sr. scholar, based on cumulative grade point averages.

In 2015 and 2016, Christie, then an associate with Irwin, Fritchie, Urquhart & Moore in New Orleans, was named a "Top Lawyer" for personal injury law and for railroad law by New Orleans Magazine.

Christie has been ineligible to practice law in Louisiana since June for noncompliance with continuing legal education and trust account registration requirements and unpaid bar and disciplinary dues, according to information on his profile.

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