On January 17, 2024, the Supreme Court of Louisiana ordered that attorney Manfred Max Sternberg be enjoined for a duration of one year from pursuing full admission to the Louisiana bar or seeking permission to practice law in Louisiana on a temporary or restricted basis.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Manfred Max Sternberg” with case number 2023-B-01345.

Despite Sternberg being licensed only in Texas, the Office of Disciplinary Counsel (ODC) asserted jurisdiction based on Supreme Court Rule XIX, § 6(A), and Rule 8.5 of the Rules of Professional Conduct. These rules extend the court’s disciplinary authority to lawyers offering legal services in Louisiana.

The joint petition for consent discipline acknowledged Sternberg’s engagement in the unauthorized practice of law. The court ordered Sternberg to be enjoined for one year from seeking full admission to the Louisiana bar or seeking admission to practice in Louisiana on any temporary or limited basis. This includes seeking pro hac vice admission before a Louisiana court or limited admission as in-house counsel.

Furthermore, Sternberg is obligated to bear all costs and expenses related to the disciplinary proceedings, as per Supreme Court Rule XIX, § 10.1, with legal interest accruing from the date of the court’s final judgment until paid.

According to Avvo, Mr. Sternberg is a consumer protection attorney. He graduated from Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center, graduating in 2021.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.