NEW ORLEANS (Louisiana Record) — Longtime Baton Rouge attorney George Randy Trelles has been voluntarily suspended following a Nov. 19 Louisiana Supreme Court order.
In its single page order, the Supreme Court placed Trelles on interim suspension, pending further court order. The order followed a joint petition for interim suspension reached between Trelles and the office of disciplinary counsel. His interim suspension was effective immediately.
The Supreme Court's order provided no details about why Trelles was suspended.
Trelles was admitted to the bar in Louisiana on Sept. 26, 1990, according to his profile at the Louisiana State Bar Association's website.
In a previous discipline, the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board publicly reprimanded Trelles after he allegedly made a false statement to the Department of Public Safety about his client's pending DWI matter in September 2010. Trelles apparently was trying to obtain a temporary driving permit for his client when Trelles falsely claimed a rehearing had been granted in his client's case when it had not been, according to the LADB's ruling.
At the time Trelles was alleged to have violated professional conduct rules regarding failure to act with reasonable, conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation and conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice.
The office of disciplinary counsel filed formal charges in May 2012, and Trelles did not dispute the factual allegations in those charges, according to the LADB's ruling at the time.
The LADB elected not to recommend suspension because it was not clear to the board whether Trelles' alleged conduct had been knowing or negligent, and because his false statement had been to the public safety department, rather than to a tribunal.
In his testimony before an LADB hearing committee, Trelles said he made a mistake and had not intended to mislead the department of public safety, according to the LADB's ruling.