April 2019 Discipline

These lawyers were the subject of Louisiana Supreme Court disciplinary orders or Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board recommendations published during the month of April 2019.

Louisiana Supreme Court

  1. Warner H. Anthony, Jr. The court suspended the respondent for one year. This suspension was reciprocal to identical discipline imposed in the District of Columbia. The respondent failed to competently and diligently represent two clients in a federal tax matter and failed to respond to charges brought by the ODC.
  2. Julie A. Fuselier. The court reinstated the respondent subject to the condition that she comply with a JLAP recovery agreement. The court previously suspended the respondent for breaking into her ex-husband’s house and taking jewelry.
  3. Cherie Elizabeth Teamer. The court suspended the respondent for one year, all deferred. The respondent notarized signatures on a false quitclaim deed in connection with a succession proceeding.
  4. Richard Joseph Deaguero. The court suspended the respondent for two years, with all but three months deferred. This suspension was reciprocal to discipline imposed in Texas. The respondent failed to refund an unearned fee upon termination of his representation; offered to pay a criminal client for referring prospective clients to him; and failed to keep a client’s fee in a separate trust account.
  5. Rebecca Lynn Vishnefski. The court suspended the respondent for one year and one day, all deferred. The respondent violated Rules 1.3 and 8.4(b).
  6. Sangbahn Y. Scere. The court suspended the respondent for two years. The respondent was arrested for possessing marijuana, providing a false identity to the arresting officer, and committing multiple DWI offenses.
  7. Michael Keith LeBlanc. The court permanently disbarred the respondent. The respondent engaged in conflicts of interest, failed to refund unearned fees, and failed to communicate with clients. Additionally, the respondent was arrested for embezzlement and forgery.
  8. Robert Wiegand, II. The court suspended the respondent for one year and one day. The respondent alleged committed sexual harassment and violated Rules 3.4(a) and 8.4(h).
  9. Attlah Deniece Burrell. The court reinstated the respondent, subject to a two-year period of supervised probation. The respondent facilitated the unauthorized practice of law by a suspended lawyer and failed to supervise nonlawyers.

LADB Hearing Committee Reports

  1. Connie P. Trieu. Hearing Committee #10 recommended that the board publicly reprimand the respondent. The committee found that the respondent negligently violated Rule 1.15 (a),(b),&(d). The respondent overdrafted her IOLTA client trust account. The respondent returned all funds to the parties to whom they were due, but her actions resulted in money being held in trust for a significant amount of time following the closing of a transaction. The committee found that the respondent’s actions did not result in any damage nor did she financially benefit from her actions.
  2. Mark G. Simmons. Hearing Committee #27 recommended that the court permanently disbar the respondent. The respondent violated Rules 5.5(a) and 8.4(a). The respondent failed to file an answer to formal charges and failed to participate in the disciplinary proceedings.
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