On Thursday, November 16, 2023, the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board recommended extending Samuel R. Aucoin’s existing suspension by two additional years after finding he violated professional conduct rules.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Samuel Robert Aucoin,” and was brought by the Office of the Disciplinary Counsel with case no. 22-DB-020.

The charges cited Louisiana Rules of Professional Conduct 1.3, 1.4(a), 1.5, 3.4, 8.1(c), and 8.4(a)(b)(c). 

Aucoin is currently serving a one-year suspension imposed by the Louisiana Supreme Court in 2021. However, the Office of Disciplinary Counsel brought new formal charges against him related to his representation of clients in an uncontested divorce, criminal nonpayment of debts, and another divorce where final judgment was never filed.

After a hearing, the Committee found Aucoin lacked diligence, failed to communicate with clients, did not properly handle fees, disobeyed court procedures, and failed to cooperate with the disciplinary investigation. It determined Aucoin’s testimony regarding his defenses lacked credibility.

The Disciplinary Board report concurred with the rule violations found across the three counts. It recommended Aucoin’s current one-year suspension be extended by two years, resulting in a total three-year suspension retroactive to December 2021. The board also proposed restitution to two divorced clients.

The recommendation now goes to the Louisiana Supreme Court. If accepted, the additional two years would reinforce standards of competence and integrity for lawyers handling client matters and disciplinary proceedings.

According to avvo.com, Mr. Aucoin is a family attorney in Lafayette, Louisiana. He acquired his law license in Louisiana in 1991. 

A copy of the original filing can be found here.