New Orleans, Thibodaux attorneys receive deferred suspensions in court disciplinary proceedings

By Karen Kidd | Jan 11, 2019

NEW ORLEANS (Louisiana Record) — New Orleans attorney David Cartan Loker Gibbons Jr. has received a partly deferred suspension and Thibodaux attorney David W. Ardoin has received a fully deferred suspension following separate Jan. 8 Louisiana Supreme Court attorney disciplinary proceedings.

Gibbons received a year-and-a-day suspension with all by six months deferred, according to the high court's single-page attorney disciplinary proceeding handed down against him. The partly deferred suspension followed an office of disciplinary counsel investigation into allegations Gibbons neglected a client's legal matters and failed to communicate with his client.

Gibbons also was alleged to have failed to timely disclose his malpractice and to have misled his client. Gibbons and the office of disciplinary counsel agreed to a joint petition for consent discipline, which the court accepted.

Gibbons also was ordered to pay all costs and expenses in the matter, with legal interest to commence thirty days from the final date of the court's judgment.

Gibbons was admitted to the bar in Louisiana on April 9, 1998, 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.

Ardoin's fully deferred year-and-a-day suspension was handed down by the high court over his arrest for driving while intoxicated, according to the disciplinary proceeding in his matter. The high court placed Ardoin on probation "for a period to coincide with the term of his recovery agreement with the Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program," the disciplinary proceeding said.

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

In a joint petition with the office of disciplinary counsel following the filing of formal charges, Ardoin 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.

Ardoin was admitted to the bar in Louisiana on Oct. 11, 1996, 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.

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