These lawyers were the subject of Louisiana Supreme Court disciplinary orders or Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board recommendations that were made public during the month of August 2016.
Louisiana Supreme Court
There were no Louisiana Supreme Court disciplinary decisions in August 2016.
Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board
- June A. Placer. The Board recommended the respondent be disbarred for intentionally fabricating evidence to a tribunal and engaging in a pattern of criminal conduct. The ODC filed four separate charges against the respondent, including the following conduct: (1) second-degree theft, (2) two DUIs, (3) possession of a controlled dangerous substance, and (4) fabricating evidence to a tribunal in the respondent’s divorce proceedings.
Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board Hearing Committees
- Edward Hebert II. Hearing Committee #55 recommended the respondent be permanently disbarred for the unauthorized practice of law. While suspended, the respondent represented a client in a judicial proceeding by using the bar number of another attorney. The respondent also converted the funds received from the client and failed to cooperate with the ODC investigation.
- Richard C. Teissier. Hearing Committee #10 recommended the respondent be permanently disbarred from the practice of law. The respondent was previously suspended form the practice of law for neglecting a client matter, failing to communicate with a client, missing court appearances, and failing to cooperate with an ODC investigation. During the suspension period the respondent engaged in the unauthorized practice of law. The most recent ODC investigation of the respondent included additional charges of neglecting client matters and failing to communicate after receiving payment.
- Heather M. Murphy. Hearing Committee #9 recommended that the respondent be permanently disbarred from the practice of law and ordered to pay restitution. The ODC was unable to to complete an investigation as the respondent failed to attend a scheduled deposition with the ODC. The respondent was charged with nine counts and multiple rule violations including: failure to act with diligence, failure to withdraw properly from representation, failure to communicate with clients, failure to return client files, failure to return unearned fees, conversion of client funds, and repeatedly practicing law while ineligible.
- Candace P. Howay. Hearing Committee #31 recommended the respondent be suspended from the practice of law for one-year and pay restitution. The respondent, while employed at a law firm, converted firm funds to pay interest due on a loan owed by the respondent’s mother. The respondent provided no legitimate reason for use of the funds.
- Greta Wilson. Hearing Committee #12 recommended the respondent be permanently disbarred from the practice of law. The charges allege that the respondent filed suit on behalf of a client without the client’s consent, obtained funds from court registry through deceit or fraud, and converted client funds.
- Thomas E. Campbell. Hearing Committee #23 found by a 2-1 vote that there was no clear and convincing evidence that the respondent violated the Louisiana Rules of Professional Conduct. However, the committee urged the respondent to attend additional Continuing Legal Education courses. The public member dissented.
- Lance Hac Nguyen. Hearing Committee #18 recommended the respondent be suspended for one-year and one-day. The respondent is a member of the Texas Bar and was admitted pro hac vice in Louisiana when he violated Louisiana Rule of Professional Conduct 4.2(a). The respondent communicated with a person whom the respondent knew was represented by another lawyer.