On January 18, 2023, the Supreme Court of Louisiana affirmed the Disciplinary Board’s dismissal of the formal charges brought by the Office of the Disciplinary Council against Baton Rouge Attorney Andre R. Belanger for violation of Rules of Professional Conduct.

The case is styled ‘In re: Andre’ Robert Belanger’ with Case #202-B-01356.

The formal charges accused Belanger to have violated Rule 7.7(c) of the Rules of Professional Conduct by Belanger’s failure to file a recently published advertisement in Super Lawyers Magazine (Louisiana 2020) with the Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA) as a “late filing”, and that Belanger did not pre-file the advertisement with the LSBA nor pay the LSBA the required filing fee.

However, the Board finds that the advertisement in the Louisiana Super Lawyers was a communication mailed only to other Lawyers. Therefore, the advertisement was exempt from the pre-filing requirement under Rule 7.8(d). Consequently, it is not necessary to determine whether the content of the advertisement exceeded the limitations of the “safe harbor” provisions of Rule 7.2(b)(1), including the provision in Rule 7.2(b)(1)(K) requiring that a photograph be taken before a plain background.

For this reasons, both the Committee and the Disciplinary Board concluded that no rules were violated by Belanger.

The Disciplinary Board ruled that the ODC failed to carry its burden of proof by clear and convincing evidence that Belanger violated the Rule as charged, and thus, dismissed the formal charges against Belanger.

Accordingly, the Supreme Court of Louisiana affirmed the Disciplinary Board’s dismissal of the formal charges against Belanger.

As of today, Mr. Bélanger is listed on the website of the law firm Manasseh, Gill, Knipe & Belanger as a practicing attorney. His info can be found at the firm’s site online. He attended Loyola University, graduating in 2001. Bélanger practices in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.