The Supreme Court of Louisiana disbarred Melissa Michelle Ramsey Eldridge on January 10, 2024, after she abandoned her law practice and failed to properly represent multiple clients.
The case is entitled “In the Matter of Melissa Michelle Ramsey Eldridge,” with case no. 2023-B-01391.
According to the filing, Eldridge neglected legal matters for five clients between 2020 and 2022, failing to communicate with them and not refunding unearned fees. One client hired Eldridge in 2020 for a custody matter but was unable to reach her after February 2021. Another paid Eldridge $1,000 in 2020 for adoption assistance but she failed to complete any paperwork. Three additional clients collectively paid Eldridge over $10,000 for services she did not provide, including missing a scheduled court date.
The Office of Disciplinary Counsel investigated Eldridge and filed formal charges against her in April 2023 related to her handling of these five client cases. Eldridge did not respond to the charges, so the allegations were deemed admitted. The complaint stated that she violated rules regarding competence, communication, safeguarding client funds, and cooperating with disciplinary authorities.
In its January 10, 2024 opinion, the high court adopted the disciplinary hearing committee’s recommendation to disbar Eldridge. The justices found she acted knowingly and intentionally, causing harm, and showed a pattern of misconduct. Eldridge must now reimburse her former clients and is barred from practicing law in Louisiana.
The Disposition states:
“Upon review of the findings and recommendation of the hearing committee, and considering the record, it is ordered that Melissa Michelle Ramsey Eldridge, Louisiana Bar Roll number 26276, be and she hereby is disbarred.”
According to avvo.com, Ms. Eldridge was an Attorney in Walker, Louisiana. She acquired her law license in Louisiana in 1999.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.