New Orleans attorney's disbarment period extended over additional charges

By Karen Kidd | Jan 16, 2019

NEW ORLEANS (Louisiana Record) – Disbarred New Orleans attorney Greta L. Wilson will have to wait longer to apply for readmission following a Jan. 14 Louisiana Supreme Court attorney disciplinary proceeding regarding misconduct related to a client matter.

"For her substantive misconduct, we will adjudge (Wilson) guilty of additional violations warranting discipline, to be considered in the event she seeks readmission to the practice of law," the eight-page disciplinary proceeding said. "For her failure to cooperate, we will extend the minimum time period in which (Wilson) may seek readmission by two years."

The Supreme Court also required Wilson pay $5,000 in restitution, with interest, to her client, in addition to all costs and expenses of the proceeding.

The Supreme Court's disciplinary proceeding follows a Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board (LADB) recommendation in November that Wilson's disbarment period before she may reapply be extended by two years.

Wilson was admitted to the bar in Louisiana on Oct. 6, 1989, according to her profile at the state bar website.

Wilson was disbarred by the state Supreme Court effective in June 2017 for filing a lawsuit without authority or consent and then enrolling as counsel in another case "for the purpose of obtaining funds, and then converted those funds to her own use," the court's more recent disciplinary proceeding said.

The more recent allegations against Wilson stem from her representation of a client who hired her in June 2012 in a contract dispute with Louisiana's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program and a grant recipient homeowner, according to the disciplinary proceeding. Wilson was supposed to help the client collect funds due for construction work the client completed on the grant recipient's home.

Wilson failed to perform "any substantial work" in the client's matter and did not refund the client's $5,000 payment, the disciplinary proceeding said. In April 2015, the client filed a complaint with the office of disciplinary counsel, which in August 2017 filed formal charges against Wilson.

The formal charges included professional conduct rules violations, including those regarding diligence and promptness, failure to communicate with a client, obligations upon termination of the representation, failure to expedite litigation and failure to cooperate in the state bar's investigation.

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