Practice Contact: Michael Walsh
Taylor Porter attorneys have developed a niche practice of representing their peer lawyers, law firms, and also judges in disciplinary proceedings and malpractice matters, professional liability claims and ethics violations and investigations. We advise our clients on all aspects of the Rules of Professional Conduct, how to form a response and course of action against the accusatory violations.
These claims and breaches of professional responsibility could end in disbarment, suspension or censure, threaten not only a lawyer’s ability to practice, but also the firm’s ability to operate effectively, so we work to help professionals find resolution of these matters quickly and efficiently. We defend lawyers and law firms in claims by clients and others for malpractice, breach of fiduciary duty, and similar claims. Alleged ethical violations can range from lack of candor to conflicts of interest to criminal misconduct, and our attorneys assist other attorneys in the early parts of the accusation and investigation, helping craft a response to the claim and working with the offices of discipline to understand possible sanctions.
We represent attorneys under misconduct investigations by the Office of Disciplinary Counsel, administrative hearings and proceedings before the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board, and appeals from the Office of Disciplinary Counsel and the Committee on Bar Admissions to the Louisiana Supreme Court.
We represent judges who face discipline in front of the Louisiana Judiciary Commission, including consultation before any pleadings or responses are filed against the allegations and accusations.
Our attorneys also represent bar applicants before the Supreme Court of Louisiana in instances of the disallowance to sit for the bar exam or practice law because of failing to prove good or moral character and fitness under Supreme Court rules. For example, failure to disclose criminal history on application information can result in not being allowed to take bar exam, or make it a requirement to meet with a court commissioner and provide character and fitness evidence.