On Tuesday, October 17, 2023, the Supreme Court of Louisiana placed attorney Carl Henry Franklin on probation for mishandling his client’s trust account

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Carl Henry Franklin,” with case no. 2023-B-01209.

The court accepted a joint petition for consent discipline submitted by Franklin and the Office of Disciplinary Counsel. Franklin admitted to violating rules related to the handling of his client’s trust account. The Court ordered a six-month suspension of Franklin’s license, which will be deferred provided he completes a one-year period of supervised probation.

The probationary period will commence once Franklin, the probation monitor, and the ODC execute a formal probation plan. According to the court, any failure to comply with the conditions of probation or any misconduct during the probationary period may result in the suspension becoming executory or additional discipline being imposed. All costs and expenses in the matter are assessed against Franklin.

The Disposition states:

“IT IS ORDERED that the Petition for Consent Discipline be accepted and that Carl Henry Franklin, Louisiana Bar Roll number 14974, be suspended from the practice of law for a period of six months. This suspension shall be deferred in its entirety, subject to the respondent’s successful completion of a one-year period of supervised probation governed by the conditions set forth in the Petition for Consent Discipline.”

According to avvo.com, Mr. Franklin is a criminal defense attorney in Shreveport, Louisiana. He attended the Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law, graduating in 1984. He acquired his law license in Louisiana in 1985.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.