On Thursday, October 26, 2023, the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board Hearing Committee recommended the readmission of Gerald F. Palmer to the practice of law following his disbarment in 2002. Palmer was disbarred due to his criminal conviction for conspiracy to commit insurance fraud.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Gerald F. Palmer,” with case no. 23-DB-038.

After serving his discipline, the Committee found that Palmer had complied with all prior disciplinary orders and had satisfied all conditions of his criminal conviction. They also found that he has not engaged in any other professional misconduct since his disbarment and has kept himself informed about recent developments in the law.

Furthermore, the Committee found that Palmer has paid all required fees and costs, including currently owed bar dues, filing fees, and disciplinary administration and enforcement fees. They also found that he has obtained a certification from the Client Assistance Fund that no payments have been made to any of his clients.

Based on the evidence presented, the Hearing Committee recommended that the Louisiana Supreme Court readmit Palmer to the practice of law. They also recommended that Palmer be assessed with the costs and expenses of the proceeding pursuant to Rule XIX, $10.1.

The recommendation states:

“Based on the testimony and evidence presented, it is the recommendation of this Hearing Committee that the Court readmit the Petitioner, Gerald F. Palmer, to the practice of law. The Committee also recommends that Petitioner be assessed with the costs and expenses of this proceeding pursuant to Rule XIX, 510.1.”

According to Avvo, Mr. Brander is an attorney in Metairie, Louisiana. He acquired his law license in Louisiana in 1984.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.