NEW ORLEANS (Louisiana Record) — New Orleans attorney Sean Patrick Mount has received an entirely deferred suspension following a Jan. 5 Louisiana Supreme Court attorney disciplinary proceeding over his arrest for driving while intoxicated.
The Supreme Court handed down a fully deferred year-and-a-day suspension, according to the high court's two-page attorney disciplinary proceeding.
The state high court placed Mount on probation "for a period to coincide with the term of his diagnostic monitoring agreement with the Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program," the disciplinary proceeding said. "Any failure of the respondent to comply with the terms of the agreement may be grounds for making the deferred suspension executory, or imposing additional discipline, as appropriate."
The disciplinary proceeding did not say how long Mount's diagnostic monitoring agreement with the program is expected to last. Mount also was ordered to pay all costs and expenses in the matter.
The court handed down an order after the office of disciplinary counsel began an investigation into Mount's DWI arrest, according to the disciplinary proceeding. Before formal charges were filed, Mount and the office of disciplinary counsel submitted a joint petition for consent discipline with the court.
In that joint petition, Mount reportedly stipulated that he violated professional conduct rules regarding commission of a criminal act that reflects adversely on the lawyer's honesty, trustworthiness or fitness as a lawyer.
Mount, a partner in Deutsch Kerrigan LLP's office in New Orleans, was admitted to the bar in Louisiana on Oct. 5, 2001, according to his profile at the Louisiana State Bar Association's website. No prior discipline was listed on his state bar profile or in a search of Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board's online database.
Mount is a defense litigation specialist defending corporate clients and insurance companies at Deutsch Kerrigan, according to his bio at the firm's website.