On Monday, June 26, 2023, the Supreme Court of the State of Louisiana disciplined attorney Paul J. Tellarico for mishandling his client’s trust account.
The case is entitled “In the Matter of Paul J. Tellarico,” and was brought by the Office of the Disciplinary Counsel with case no. 2023-B-00727.
The charges cited Louisiana Rules of Professional Conduct 1.15(a) and 1.15(b).
According to the filing, the Office of Disciplinary Counsel (ODC) conducted an investigation into allegations that Tellarico mishandled his client’s trust account. After the ODC filed formal charges, Tellarico and the ODC submitted a joint petition for consent discipline, where Tellarico acknowledged that he violated the Rules of Professional Conduct.
As a result, the Supreme Court ordered that Tellarico, with Louisiana Bar Roll number 19401, be suspended from the practice of law for six months. However, the suspension was deferred, pending Tellarico’s successful completion of a two-year probationary period. The probation would be governed by specific conditions outlined in the Petition for Consent Discipline. The probation would begin once Tellarico and the ODC executed a formal probation plan. Failure to comply with the conditions of probation or any misconduct during the probationary period could result in the suspension becoming active or additional disciplinary measures being imposed. Tellarico was also held responsible for all costs and expenses associated with the case.
Mr. Tellarico practices in Alexandria, Louisiana. He is licensed in Louisiana. His info can be found on lawyersjustia.com.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.