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In re Aguilar

Supreme Court of Louisiana

December 6, 2017

IN RE: ANDRES HUMBERTO AGUILAR

         ATTORNEY DISCIPLINARY PROCEEDING

          PER CURIAM

         This disciplinary matter arises from formal charges filed by the Office of Disciplinary Counsel ("ODC") against respondent, Andres Humberto Aguilar, an attorney licensed to practice law in Louisiana but currently on interim suspension pursuant to a joint petition of the parties filed in July 2017. In re: Aguilar, 17-1320 (La. 8/2/17), 222 So.3d 706.

         UNDERLYING FACTS

         The Charbonneau Matter

         The following facts are not in dispute, having been stipulated to by the parties.

         In February 2013, respondent was hired through the Pro Bono Project to handle Shawn Charbonneau's divorce. In July 2014, Mr. Charbonneau checked the court records and discovered that respondent had not filed any pleadings on his behalf.

         Soon thereafter, Mr. Charbonneau filed a disciplinary complaint against respondent. The ODC sent respondent notice of the complaint via certified mail. All letters sent to respondent were returned unclaimed. The ODC attempted to contact respondent via telephone and e-mail, but respondent failed to respond to these attempts.

         Respondent relocated to Texas but failed to update his address with the Louisiana State Bar Association ("LSBA"). The ODC was able to serve respondent with a copy of the complaint at his new address in Texas on February 7, 2015.

         The Grant Matter

         The following facts are not in dispute, having been stipulated to by the parties.

         Kelly Grant was injured in an automobile accident, and Terry Williams hired respondent to handle the personal injury case on Ms. Grant's behalf. Respondent paid Mr. Williams $500 in cash for the referral of Ms. Grant and another client. Ms. Grant met respondent for an initial consultation at a café in Shreveport. Once Ms. Grant completed medical treatment for her injuries, respondent failed to communicate with her about the status of her case; he failed to answer her telephone calls and did not place any telephone calls to her.

         In April 2014, Ms. Grant filed a disciplinary complaint against respondent. The ODC sent respondent notice of the complaint via certified mail. All letters sent to respondent were returned unclaimed. The ODC attempted to contact respondent via telephone and e-mail, but respondent failed to respond to these attempts.

         Respondent relocated to Texas but failed to update his address with the LSBA. The ODC was able to serve respondent with a copy of the complaint at his new address in Texas on February 7, 2015.

         DISCIPLINARY ...


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