On Monday, November 14, 2023, a New Orleans-based attorney, Gregory Swafford received a suspension recommendation for one year after being found to have violated attorney ethics rules in his dealings with a former client.
The case is titled ‘In the Matter of Gregory Swafford” with case no. 22-DB-006.
The Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board found Attorney Swafford to have violated Rules 8.1(b), 8.1 (c), 8.4(a), and 8.4(c) of the Louisiana Rules of Professional Conduct, which state that:
However, records later showed that Swafford’s company sold the Caffin Avenue property for $100,000 in June 2020 without informing Bouligny or repaying her investment. When confronted by Bouligny in February 2021, Attorney Swafford claimed he needed to wait for a death certificate to sell a different property in order to repay her. Bouligny then discovered the earlier sale of the Caffin Avenue property on the Orleans Parish Assessor’s website.
Attorney Swafford failed to respond to the initial disciplinary complaint from the Office of Disciplinary Counsel that was sent in April 2021. A hearing was held on the charges in September 2022 before the Attorney Disciplinary Hearing Committee. Swafford invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and refused to answer questions from Disciplinary Counsel.
In its December 2022 report, the Hearing Committee found that Attorney Swafford had violated the Rules of Professional Conduct regarding his failure to cooperate with the disciplinary investigation and acts of dishonesty, fraud, and misrepresentation. Specifically, the Committee determined Attorney Swafford misled Bouligny about the status of projects and the sale of properties without informing her or repaying the investment. No evidence was presented of a mutual agreement to substitute different properties for the Caffin Avenue project.
Based on the findings, the Hearing Committee recommended Attorney Swafford be suspended from practice for one year and one day.
The recommendation reads:
“Given the above, the Board recommends that Respondent be suspended from the practice of law for one year and one day. The Board further recommends that Respondent be ordered to make restitution to Ms. Bouligny in the amount of $50,000. Finally, the Board recommends that Respondent be assessed with all costs and expenses of these proceedings in accordance with RuleXIX, Section 10.1.”
According to Martindale, Attorney Gregory Swafford is based in New Orleans, Louisiana. His areas of expertise include personal injury law, family law, and civil practice. He attended the Catholic University of America, graduating in 1991. He was admitted to the Louisiana Bar in 1993.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.