NEW ORLEANS — A Baton Rouge attorney indefinitely suspended in January has been placed on a year's suspension while a Monroe attorney has been placed on probation following separate Louisiana Supreme Court attorney disciplinary proceedings held March 6.
The state Supreme Court suspended Attorney James Elwood Moore Jr. for one year, retroactive to his interim suspension, after he "was charged with multiple criminal offenses relating to substance use," the court's single-page disciplinary proceeding.
After Moore's suspension is complete, he will be placed 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. The court also ordered Moore to pay all costs and expenses in the matter plus interest.
The court handed down the disciplinary action after accepting a joint petition for consent discipline reached between Moore and the Office of Disciplinary Counsel.
Moore was admitted to the bar in Louisiana on Oct. 16, 1992, according to his profile at the Louisiana State Bar Association's website. He was voluntarily and indefinitely suspended following a Jan. 31 Louisiana Supreme Court order and a joint petition for interim suspension that he reached with the Office of Disciplinary Counsel. The high court accepted that petition and Moore's suspension was effective immediately, according to the order.
In another attorney disciplinary proceeding, Daniel Joseph Hunter received a fully deferred year-and-a-day suspension subject to successful completion of two years of conditional probation. Hunter's probation will be governed by the joint petition for consent discipline he reached with the Office of Disciplinary Counsel, according to the single-page disciplinary proceeding handed down by the high court in his matter.
Hunter's petition for consent discipline reached with the Office of Disciplinary Counsel followed an investigation into allegations that he mismanaged his client trust account, according to the disciplinary proceeding. Hunter admitted in the joint petition that he violated professional conduct rules, according to the disciplinary proceeding.
Hunter also was ordered to pay all costs and expenses in the matter plus interest.
Hunter was admitted to the bar in Louisiana on Oct. 12, 2006, according to his profile at the Louisiana State Bar Association's website.