On December 27, 2022, the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board suspended attorney Wren’nel M. Gibson for non-cooperation during an investigation of her misconduct. 

The case is entitled “In the matter of Wren’nel M. Gibson”, bought by the Office of Disciplinary Counsel with Case no. 22-DB-001. 

The charges cited Rules of Professional Conduct 8.1(c).

The Rules of Professional Conduct can be found here.

Allegedly, Ms. Gibson failed to cooperate with the investigation over a case of misconduct for failing to bring the entire file of her client into the hearing. According to the court, this already happened before and Ms. Gibson was already found in that prior proceeding to have admitted to failing to cooperate with the ODC’s investigation. But, the hearing committee stated that this was “Nothing short of intentional”. 

The filing states:

“The problem is not in what she did do, but in what she failed to do, more than once, more than twice, and continued to fail to do up through the actual hearing on the matter, as she did not produce her complete client’s file until after the hearing took place and after the Hearing Committee was able to hear any testimony about the contents of that file or question her about same.

It should also be noted that this is not the first time Ms. Gibson has been before the ODC for a complaint, and not her first time having to respond to a complaint or to demands for Records. At the hearing, in this case, one of Ms. Gibson’s explanations for not responding to the two separate requests for two separate complaints against her was fear of the process and did not know what to do. Yet, she had already gone through this process once before in 2019, and was actually charged in that proceeding with a complaint of failure to cooperate with the investigation of the ODC (see ODC EX. 16).”

The filing continues:

“It is clear from the current proceedings, as set forth hereinabove and in the prior proceedings with a recommendation date of December 7, 2021, Ms. Gibson did not learn her lesson, was apparently not remorseful about her actions in the prior case, and her admissions in the present matter were likely only provided to appease this hearing committee and attempt to lessen her sanctions. It is the conclusion of this Committee that her admissions, in this case, were made without true remorse or conviction, as she had made similar admissions in her prior matter. Ms. Gibson has essentially exhibited the same sanctionable behavior a second time within a three-year period and learned nothing from her prior behavior or violations, or the reprimands for those actions which she received for those sub-standard actions and failures to act within the rules and obligations set forth for her as an attorney under our Code of Ethics. As a consequence of the evidence submitted, the admissions made by Ms. Gibson, her prior misconduct of failing to cooperate, and the inexplicable failure to produce the client file, the committee finds that Ms. Gibson violated Disciplinary Rule 8.1 (c) for failure to cooperate with the ODC’s investigation of her complaint.”

The Disposition states:

“Due to the Respondent’s total disregard for the legal profession as a whole and a dishonest motive, the Committee recommends that the Respondent be suspended for the practice of law for one (1) year and one (1) day. We also recommend that the Respondent pay all costs and expenses of these proceedings in accordance with Supreme Court Rule XIX, $10.1.”

As of today, Ms. Gibson’s info can be found on lawyer.com. Gibson practices in Baton Rogue, Louisiana. 

A copy of the original filing can be found here.