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New Orleans attorney suspended after alleged failure to comply with probation conditions

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By Karen Kidd | Mar 2, 2020

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NEW ORLEANS – New Orleans attorney Jerry L. Settle has been suspended following a Feb. 10 Louisiana Supreme Court attorney disciplinary proceeding over allegations that he failed to comply with probation conditions in a 2016 discipline.

In its eight-page disciplinary proceeding, the Supreme Court revoked Settle's probation and imposed a previously fully deferred suspension.

Settle's suspension was effective immediately, and he was ordered to pay all costs and expenses.

Settle was alleged to have failed to timely submit his 2019 second quarterly audit report and to correct previously identified discrepancies in previous reconciliations and trust account activity, according to the disciplinary proceeding. Settle also allegedly failed to resolve individual matter balances to appropriate payees.

"There were also additional issues, including the failure to keep accurate records, failure to timely disburse balances, and failure to submit reconciliations for a second trust account," the disciplinary proceeding said.

Settle, 43, was admitted to the bar in Louisiana on Feb. 9, 2004, according to his profile at the Louisiana State Bar Association's website.

Settle received a fully deferred suspension and was placed on two years of conditional probation following an October 2016 Supreme Court disciplinary proceeding over allegations that he mishandled his client trust account. In that matter, Settle and the Office of Disciplinary Counsel reached a petition for consent discipline before formal charges were filed.

In February of last year, Settle and the disciplinary office filed a joint motion to extend Settle's probation. In that motion, Settle admitted he failed to timely submit professional activities reports, to submit evidence of his attendance at required mandatory continuing legal education courses and to timely submit quarterly client trust account audit reports.

"The parties additionally represented that the audit reports provided by (Settle) to date indicated trust account mismanagement," the most recent disciplinary proceeding said.

The state Supreme Court's most recent disciplinary proceeding follows the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board's findings this past November that Settle violated probation conditions and committed additional professional conduct rules violations. The LADB recommended Settle's probation be revoked.

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