On December 19, 2023, the Louisiana Supreme Court suspended attorney Nicole E. Burdett following her federal conviction on four counts of making and subscribing to a false tax return.
The case is entitled “In the Matter of Nicole E. Budett,” with case no. 2023-B-01399.
The charges cited Louisiana Rules of Professional Conduct 8.4(a) and (b), which states:
(a) Violate or attempt to violate the Rules of Professional Conduct, knowingly assist or induce another to do so, or do so through the acts of another;
(b) Commit a criminal act especially one that reflects adversely on the lawyer’s honesty, trustworthiness or fitness as a lawyer in other respects.
The Rules of Professional Conduct can be found here.
According to Nola News, Burdett, previously associated with Orleans Parish District Attorney Jason Williams, faced four counts of falsifying her tax returns, allegedly reducing her tax liability by nearly $130,000. A federal jury convicted Burdett in July 2022, with potential imprisonment of up to 18 months.
The Louisiana Supreme Court suspended her law license following the conviction. The trial also involved charges against Burdett and Williams, accused of conspiring to falsify Williams’ tax returns. Both were acquitted.
Before the formal filing of charges, both Burdett and the Office of Disciplinary Counsel submitted a joint petition for consent discipline. In this petition, the parties acknowledged that Burdett had violated the aforementioned rules.
The Supreme Court of Louisiana reviewed the petition and issued an order accepting the Petition for Consent Discipline. As a result, Nicole E. Burdett is suspended from the practice of law for two years, with six months deferred. The suspension is retroactive to September 15, 2022, the date of Burdett’s interim suspension.
In addition to the suspension, the court has ordered that all costs and expenses associated with the disciplinary matter be assessed against Burdett.
According to Avvo, Ms. Burdett obtained her law license in Louisiana in 2010.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.