NEW ORLEANS (Louisiana Record) — Baton Rouge attorney Julie Ann Fusilier, suspended over her arrest in 2014 after she allegedly broke into her ex-husband's home and stole jewelry so she could gamble, as been reinstated following an April 29 Louisiana Supreme Court decree.
"After considering the record in its entirety, we find [Fusilier] has met her burden of proving that she is entitled to be reinstated to the practice of law on a conditional basis," the state Supreme Court said in its two-page decree. "Accordingly, we will order that [Fusilier] be reinstated to the practice of law, subject to the condition that she comply with her judges and lawyers assistance program recovery agreement."
The state high court also ordered Fusilier pay all costs in the matter.
The court's decree follows a Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board (LADB) hearing committee recommendation issued in February that Fusiller be conditionally reinstated contingent on her continued compliance with her current JLAP recovery and monitoring agreement.
Fusilier was admitted to the bar in Louisiana on Oct. 6, 1989, according to her profile at the Louisiana State Bar Association’s website.
Fusilier was charged in 2014 with felony theft and burglary of an inhabited dwelling after she broke into her ex-husband's home and stole a man's diamond ring valued at about $13,000 and a woman's Rolex watch valued at about $6,000, according to the decree.
Fusilier then sold the jewelry for about $2,700 "and used the money to gamble," the decree said.
In her petition for reinstatement, Fusilier indicated that the criminal charges against her were dismissed after she made restitution to her ex-husband, according to the decree.
The state Supreme Court suspended Fusilier in May 2016 for 18 months. She was suspended in June 2016 for "commission of a criminal act involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation," the committee's recommendation said.
In January 2018, Fusilier petitioned for reinstatement. The office of disciplinary counsel filed its response to the petition, taking no position on whether Fusilier should be reinstated.