On Thursday, April 13, 2023, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals ordered the suspension of Louisiana attorney Lane Norwood Bennett in consideration of the certified order from the state of Louisiana suspending Benett from law practice in that jurisdiction.

The case is styled ‘In Re Lane N. Bennett, Esquire’ and was brought by the Disciplinary Counsel under case #2022-61.

According to the filing, on February 6, 2023, the Court suspended Benett pending disposition of the proceeding and ordered him to show cause why the functional equivalent reciprocal discipline of a three-year suspension should not be imposed. However, Bennett neither filed a response nor an affidavit.

The Disciplinary Counsel, on the other hand, responded and requested that Bennett’s reinstatement be conditioned upon the latter’s reinstatement in Louisiana.

The Supreme Court of Louisiana’s suspension order issued on  March 25, 2022, was in response to both the Disciplinary Board’s recommendation of Bennett’s disbarment based on the Hearing Committee’s factual findings that Bennett violated the rules of professional conduct by engaging in business transactions with clients while laboring under a conflict of interest.

Based on the foregoing facts, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals imposed an identical discipline as that of Louisiana.

The order reads:

“ORDERED that Lane N. Bennet is hereby suspended from the practice of law in the District of Columbia for three years with reinstatement contingent on his reinstatement to practice law in the state of Louisiana and a showing of fitness.”

Mr. Bennett practices in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He graduated from the Louisiana State University, class of 1998. He is licensed in Louisiana and the District of Columbia. Bennett’s info can be found on LinkedIn.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.