Louisiana disciplinary panel recommends conditional reinstatement for Houston attorney

By Karen Kidd | Feb 13, 2019

NEW ORLEANS (Louisiana Record) – Houston attorney Attlah Deniece Burrell, who suspended in Louisiana for more than a decade, could be conditionally reinstated following a Feb. 12 Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board (LADB) recommendation to the state Supreme Court.

In its 14-page recommendation, the LADB recommended the state Supreme Court grant Burrell's petition and application for reinstatement, which she filed in January 2018.

Conditions for reinstatement recommended by the board include the assignment of mentoring lawyer for  Burrell as she resumes practice in Louisiana.

"This probation monitor will support Ms. Burrell's re-entry into the practice of law and report to the office of disciplinary counsel's monitoring counsel concerning her progress and her compliance with the rules of professional conduct," the recommendation said.

Other recommended conditions include Burrell completing eight hours of continuing legal education seminars in addition to usual 12.5 hours required of all eligible lawyers in the state and that she pay a $500 administrative fee in addition to all costs and expenses in the matter.

The LADB's recommendation follows a hearing committee's legal conclusions and its own recommendation filed in November. In its own recommendation, the hearing committee also recommended Burrell be conditionally reinstated but said there were "serious concerns" about her plans to live in Texas and handle legal work in Louisiana.

The office of disciplinary counsel has taken no position on Burrell's reinstatement.

A Louisiana Record search on the State Bar of Texas website did not turn up an attorney by Burrell's name.

Burrell was admitted to the bar in Louisiana on April 18, 1987, according to her profile at the Louisiana State Bar Association's website.

Burrell was voluntarily suspended for three years following a Louisiana Supreme Court order in March 2011 over allegations that she failed to properly supervise her nonlawyer staff and facilitated a suspended attorney's unauthorized law practice. Her suspension was made retroactive to the date of her interim suspension in February 2008.

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