The Supreme Court of Louisiana, on January 17, 2024, granted conditional reinstatement to attorney David J. Motter. The court’s decision followed Motter’s prior suspension from the practice of law for three years, with all but one year and one day deferred.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of David J. Motter” with case number 2023-OB-1443.

On October 3, 2023, the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board recommended the reinstatement of attorney David J. Motter, who had been suspended due to serious misconduct. Motter filed a reinstatement petition on April 18, 2023. The Board found he fully complied with prior discipline orders and refrained from unauthorized law practice during the suspension. Witnesses testified to his non-practice. The Committee proposed reinstatement with conditions, including a two-year probationary period, ensuring Motter complies with Supreme Court Rule XIX provisions.

In seeking reinstatement, Motter successfully demonstrated his eligibility, leading the court to reinstate him to the practice of law. However, this reinstatement comes with an eighteen-month probationary period, coupled with specific conditions. Motter is required to honor his obligation to pay the 2023-2024 bar dues and disciplinary assessment, settle all disciplinary costs previously incurred, and fulfill any outstanding promissory note(s) with the disciplinary board. Additionally, he must repay the Client Assistance Fund the funds it disbursed to his prior clients.

The court’s decree mandates Motter’s immediate reinstatement to the Louisiana bar, emphasizing the probationary period and the specified conditions. Non-compliance with these conditions may result in the termination of Motter’s conditional right to practice, or he may face other disciplinary actions as per the Rules for Lawyer Disciplinary Enforcement.

According to Avvo, Mr. Motter is a DUI And DWI attorney in New Orleans, Louisiana. He acquired his law license in Louisiana in 1992. 

A copy of the original filing can be found here.