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In re Cook

Supreme Court of Louisiana

June 3, 2019

IN RE: GREGORY COOK

          ATTORNEY DISCIPLINARY PROCEEDING

          PER CURIAM.

         Respondent, Gregory Cook, engaged in a conflict of interest. For this misconduct, we suspended respondent for a period of six months, with all but thirty days deferred, subject to one year of unsupervised probation. In re: Cook, 18-1076 (La. 12/5/18), 2018 WL 6390368 ("Cook I"). Respondent did not file a request for a rehearing, and the order of suspension became final and effective on December 20, 2018. In the instant matter, the Office of Disciplinary Counsel ("ODC") seeks to make the deferred suspension executory, based upon allegations that respondent engaged in the unauthorized practice of law during his suspension and made false representations in his affidavit for reinstatement.

         UNDERLYING FACTS AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY

         On February 8, 2019, respondent telephoned the ODC to discuss his probation. Both during this telephone call and thereafter in writing, respondent admitted that he regularly engaged in the practice of law after the effective date of his suspension.

         The ODC has verified numerous actions taken by respondent during his suspension which constitute the practice of law:

1. On December 20, 2018, respondent appeared and participated in a pretrial hearing in Evangeline Parish (docket number 112, 907).
2. On December 28, 2018, respondent filed a petition for damages in Evangeline Parish (docket number 77943).
3. On January 2, 2019, respondent filed a motion to withdraw and then appeared in court to argue that matter the next day, January 3, 2019 (docket numbers 03-17-0160, 10-17-0010, and 11-14-0615).
4. On January 8, 2019, respondent attended and participated in a status conference in the 19th JDC (docket number 06-18-0509).
5. On January 22, 2019, respondent filed a motion to withdraw (docket number 06-17-0353).
6. On January 28, 2019, respondent appeared in the 19th JDC at a status conference and requested a continuance (docket number 08-18-0492).
7. On January 31, 2019, respondent appeared in the 19th JDC on a probation revocation matter and asked for a continuance (docket numbers 01-18-0287 and 07-17-0608).

         On March 4, 2019, respondent submitted an affidavit pursuant to Supreme Court Rule XIX, § 23, certifying his full compliance with the court's suspension ...


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