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Practice Guideposts: Setting Fees

How much should I bill clients? Should I charge a flat fee or should I charge for my services at an hourly rate? These are questions many new lawyers may ask. Veteran lawyers Abid Hussain and Lisa Montgomery share their experiences and discuss things new lawyers should consider when setting fees. Watch >>

Recent Decisions From the Louisiana Supreme Court

Deemed Admitted Matters (Louisiana Supreme Court Rule XIX, Section 11(E)(3)):

IN RE MICHAEL KEITH LeBLANC (Metairie), 2019-B-0165 (4/8/2019): The Court permanently disbarred the respondent for stealing approximately $4,000 from his employer. The respondent had been previously suspended for three years.

Consent Discipline:

IN RE SANGBAHN Y. SCERE (Shreveport), 2019-B-0082 (4/15/2019): The Court suspended the respondent for two years based upon her arrest for possession of marijuana, providing a false identity to the arresting officer, and multiple DWIs.

IN RE REBECCA LYNN VISHNEFSKI (Shreveport), 2019-B-0163 (4/22/2019): The Court suspended the respondent for one year and one day, fully deferred, based upon her violation of Rules 1.3 and 8.4(b).

Reciprocal Discipline:

IN RE ROBERT WIEGAND II (Denver, CO), 2019-B-0170 (4/8/2019): The Court suspended the respondent for one year and one day, fully deferred, based upon an order of the Supreme Court of Colorado.

IN RE RICHARD JOSEPH DEAGUERO (Dallas, TX), 2019-B-0187 (4/22/2019): Based upon three different orders of suspension from varying Grievance Committees in Texas, the Court suspended the respondent for varying lengths of time, two of which are fully deferred and one of which is partially deferred.

Reinstatement/Readmission Matters:

IN RE ATTLAH DENIECE BURRELL (Houston, TX), 2019-OB-0243 (4/8/2019): The Court reinstated the petitioner to the practice of law. The petitioner had been previously suspended for a period of three years.


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