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Texas attorney reciprocally reprimanded in Louisiana over failure to return unearned fee

Discipline

By Karen Kidd | Sep 10, 2019

NEW ORLEANS (Louisiana Record) — Longtime Dallas attorney William A. "Bert" Pigg has been reciprocally reprimanded following a Sept. 6 Louisiana Supreme Court attorney disciplinary proceeding after he was disciplined in Texas last spring for failure to refund an unearned fee and other charges.

"Under these circumstances, we find it is appropriate to defer to the Texas judgment imposing discipline upon respondent," the three-page disciplinary proceeding said. "Accordingly, we will impose reciprocal discipline in the form of a public reprimand."

Pigg was admitted to the bar in Louisiana on April 19, 1996, according to his profile at the Louisiana State Bar Association's website. No prior discipline was listed on his state bar profile or in a search of Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board's online database.

Pigg was admitted to the bar in Texas on Jan. 25, 2007, according to his profile at the State Bar of Texas' website.

Pigg was publicly reprimanded in Texas in April, according to information on his Texas state bar profile. The reprimand was handed down following an agreement he reached with the chief disciplinary counsel in that state over several allegations. Pigg was alleged to have failed to refund a client's advance fee after his representation had been terminated, observed a disbarred attorney practicing law without reporting it and assisted a non-attorney to practice law, according to the agreement.

In addition to his reprimand, Pigg agreed to attend ethics school and to pay $2,500 in restitution to one client and $1,000 in costs.

The office of disciplinary counsel was notified shortly after Pigg's reprimand in Texas and filed a petition to initiate reciprocal discipline with the Louisiana Supreme Court.

The Louisiana Supreme Court issued an order in June giving Pigg 30 days to "demonstrate why the imposition of identical discipline in this state would be unwarranted," that court's disciplinary proceeding said. "[Pigg] failed to file any response with this court."

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