NEW ORLEANS (Louisiana Record) — New Orleans attorney Brian P. Quirk has been voluntarily disbarred and Shreveport attorney Kirby Dale Kelly has been indefinitely suspended following separate Jan. 14 Louisiana Supreme Court decisions.
The state bar's office of disciplinary counsel already had commenced an investigation into allegations that Quirk submitted phantom billing entries to his law firm for work not performed but not billed to clients, the high court said in its attorney disciplinary proceeding. Prior to formal charges, Quirk and the office of disciplinary counsel submitted a joint petition for consent discipline with the court in which Quirk acknowledged his misconduct.
The Supreme Court accepted the petition for consent discipline before disbarring Quirk and ordering him to pay all costs and expenses in the matter.
In its separate order, the Supreme Court placed Kelly on interim suspension for threat of harm following an office of disciplinary counsel motion. The suspension, effective immediately, is pending a further court order. The office of disciplinary counsel may appoint a trustee to protect the interests of Kelly's clients, according to the order.
Quirk was admitted to the bar in Louisiana on Oct. 6, 1989, according to his profile at the Louisiana State Bar Association's website. Quirk is a general practice attorney whose legal address is in New Orleans, according to his state bar profile.
Kelly was admitted to the bar in Louisiana on Oct. 8, 1993, according to his profile at the Louisiana State Bar Association's website. Kelly, a personal injury attorney whose law office is in Shreveport, according to his state bar profile, which advertises himself as "the guy with the hat."
No prior discipline was listed on the state bar profiles of either attorney or in a search of Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board's online database.