NEW ORLEANS, La. - The Louisiana Supreme Court has suspended Shreveport attorney John E. Settle Jr. from practicing law for the third time in five years, only this time there is no set term of suspension.
Unlike the previous two suspensions in 2012 and 2016, today’s suspension was not alcohol related, but instead was for “threat of harm,” filed by the Office of Disciplinary Council (ODC).
The ODC is the investigative and prosecutorial arm of the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board, the agency created by the Supreme Court to investigate all allegations of lawyer misconduct and making recommendations when discipline is warranted.
In the order released today, Settle is “suspended from the practice of law on an interim basis” and is effective immediately.
Settle can move to dissolve or modify the order of suspension, and if he does, the ODC has five days to respond. The Supreme Court may then act on the motion, or send it for a hearing. In the case of the latter, a report has to be filed with the high court immediately.
In addition, in today’s order, the ODC is given authority to appoint a trustee to protect the interests of Settle’s clients.
In 2012, Settle was suspended for a year and a day following two DWI arrests, and he was suspended for six months in October 2016 after testing positive for alcohol in 2015.
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