These lawyers were the subject of Louisiana Supreme Court disciplinary orders or Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board recommendations published during the month of November 2021.
Louisiana Supreme Court
- Laura Loraine Davenport. The court granted a joint petition for consent discipline and publicly reprimanded the respondent. The respondent employed a disbarred attorney as a paralegal. In so doing, the respondent violated Rule 5.5(e)(1)(i) of the Rules of Professional Conduct.
- Maya Guntz Flowers. The court granted a joint petition for consent discipline and suspended the respondent for a period of one year and one day, deferred in its entirety. The deferred suspension is subject to the respondent’s successful completion of a two-year period of supervised probation. The respondent mismanaged her client trust account.
- Kevin Matthew Dantzler. The court disbarred the respondent retroactive to April 27, 2018, the date of his interim suspension. The respondent engaged in general neglect, incompetence, and dishonesty. He failed to communicate with clients and failed to return unearned fees in multiple counts. Additionally, the respondent repeatedly overdrew his trust account without explanation, converted client funds, failed to comply with the court’s rules regarding registration and payment of assessments, engaged in the unauthorized practice of law, and engaged in criminal conduct by illegally selling pain pills to another person. In doing so, the respondent violated Rules 1.1(c), 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.15, 1.16, 5.5(a), 8.1(c), 8.4(a), 8.4(b), and 8.4(c) of the Rules of Professional Conduct.
- Todd Michael Tyson. The court granted a joint petition for consent discipline and suspended the respondent for one year and one day, with all but sixty days deferred. The respondent neglected legal matters, failed to communicate with a client, failed to return the client’s file upon request, and failed to refund an unearned fee. He subsequently failed to cooperate with the Office of Disciplinary Counsel in its investigation.
- Jeananne Roy Self. The court suspended the respondent for 30 days, followed by a one-year period of unsupervised probation. The respondent engaged in the unauthorized practice of law while on interim suspension and was arrested for possession of marijuana. In doing so, she violated Rules 5.5 and 8.4(b) of the Rules of Professional Conduct.
- Georgy A. Flournoy. The court granted the respondent’s petition for permanent resignation from the practice of law in lieu of discipline. The Office of Disciplinary Counsel conducted an investigation into allegations that the respondent, a suspended lawyer, engaged in the unauthorized practice of law. The court granted the respondent’s request for permanent resignation in lieu of discipline.
- Arthur L. Harris, Sr. The court permanently disbarred the respondent. The respondent failed to timely update his address with the LSBA, neglected legal matters, failed to communicate with a client, failed to account for or refund unearned fees, failed to provide his clients with their files upon request, failed to comply with court orders and subpoenas, practiced law after being suspended, engaged in dishonest conduct, engaged in conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice, and failed to cooperate with the ODC in several investigations. In doing so, the respondent violated Rules 1.1(c), 1.3, 1.5(a), 1.5(f)(5), 1.16(d), 3.2, 3.4(c), 5.5(a), 5.5(e)(4), 8.1(b), 8.1(c), 8.4(a) and 8.4(d) of the Rules of Professional Conduct.
- David Brian Green. The court granted the Office of Disciplinary Counsel’s petition for transfer to disability inactive status.
- Michael S. Bradley. The court granted the petition for interim suspension based on threat of harm.
Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board
- Travis Mitchell Hill. The board recommended that the court enjoin the respondent, for one year and one day, from seeking admission to the Louisiana bar or seeking admission to practice in Louisiana on a temporary or limited basis, including, but not limited to, seeing pro hac vice admission before a Louisiana court. The respondent, a Texas-licensed lawyer, made a formal appearance in pending litigation by filing a motion and proposed order without first seeking temporary or pro hac vice admission in the case. In doing so, the respondent violated Rules 5.5(a) and 8.4(d) of the Rules of Professional Conduct.
LADB Hearing Committees
- J. Antonio Florence. Hearing Committee # 4 recommended that the court suspend the respondent for two years, all deferred except for six months. The respondent failed to undertake any action in the interest of a client which had hired him, failed to return an unearned fee, made false statements to disciplinary authorities, and engaged in conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice. In doing so, the respondent violated Rules 1.3, 1.5(f)(5), 8.1(a), 8.4(c), and 8.4(d).
- Richard L. Root. Hearing Committee # 10 recommended that the court suspend the respondent from the practice of law for three months, fully deferred, on the condition that any violation of the Rules of Professional Conduct during the period of deferral should result in the deferred suspension becoming executory. The respondent used another lawyer’s signature on filings in an Illinois court without the other lawyer’s consent resulting in false statements being made to the Illinois court and to the parties in the Illinois litigation. In doing so, the respondent violated Rules 3.3(a), 4.1(a) and 8.4(c).
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