On Wednesday, September 6, 2023, the Supreme Court of Louisiana issued an order granting attorney Willard J. Brown, Sr.’s petition for permanent retirement from the practice of law.
The case is entitled “In the Matter of Williard J. Brown Sr.,” with case no. 2023-OB-00880.
The Office of Disciplinary Counsel, which oversees attorney discipline in Louisiana, reviewed Brown’s petition and recommended to the Supreme Court that it be granted. The order indicates that the justices of the high court unanimously approved the retirement, making it effective immediately.
When an attorney petitions for permanent retirement, it means they are voluntarily choosing to leave the practice of law rather than face any pending or potential disciplinary actions through the normal process. By accepting the retirement, the court essentially closes any disciplinary matters or complaints against the attorney.
However, the order also notes that the Office of Disciplinary Counsel may still seek to have one or more trustees appointed by the court to protect the interests of any clients of Brown’s if it deems it necessary. Trustees can be utilized to ensure proper handling and transfer of client files and matters when an attorney fully leaves the practice.
With this ruling, Willard J. Brown, Sr.’s name will be removed from the roll of attorneys licensed to practice in Louisiana. He will no longer be authorized to represent clients or otherwise engage in the practice of law going forward.
According to avvo.com, Mr. Brown Sr. was an employment and labor attorney in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is the founder of The Law Office of Willard Brown, Sr. He acquired his law license in Louisiana in 1994.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.