On Wednesday, June 21, 2023, the Supreme Court of the State of Louisiana suspended attorney Bobby R. Manning for mishandling client trust accounts.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Bobby R. Manning,” and was brought by the Office of the Disciplinary Counsel with case no. 2023-B-00616.

The Office of Disciplinary Counsel (ODC) initiated an investigation into allegations of the respondent’s mishandling of his client trust account, resulting in the negligent commingling and conversion of funds. Before formal charges were filed, both the respondent and ODC jointly submitted a petition for consent discipline. The Court reviewed the petition and decided to accept the petition for consent discipline.

As a result, Bobby R. Manning was ordered to be suspended from practicing law for a period of six months. However, this suspension will be completely deferred, subject to a one-year supervised probation period governed by the conditions outlined in the petition for consent discipline. The probation will commence upon the execution of a formal probation plan by the respondent, the probation monitor, and the ODC.

The court noted that it should be noted that any failure by the respondent to comply with the conditions of probation or any misconduct during the probationary period may lead to the execution of the deferred suspension or the imposition of additional disciplinary measures, as deemed appropriate. Additionally, all costs and expenses associated with the matter will be assessed against the respondent in accordance with Supreme Court Rule XIX, § 10.1, with legal interest accruing thirty days after the finality of this court’s judgment until the payment is made.

The Disposition states:

“IT IS ORDERED that the Petition for Consent Discipline is accepted and that Bobby R. Manning, Louisiana Bar Roll number 25452, be suspended from the practice of law for a period of six months. This suspension shall be deferred in its entirety, subject to a one-year period of supervised probation governed by the conditions set forth in the petition for consent discipline. The probationary period shall commence from the date respondent, the probation monitor, and the ODC execute a formal probation plan. Any failure of the respondent to comply with the conditions of probation, or any misconduct during the probationary period, may be grounds for making the deferred suspension executory, or imposing additional discipline, as appropriate.”

Mr. Manning attended the Southern University Law Center, graduating in 1997. He practices in Monroe, Louisiana. He is licensed in Louisiana. His info can be found on Linkedin.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.