On Wednesday, February 14, 2024, the Louisiana Supreme Court accepted a joint petition for consent discipline, suspending attorney Michelle Myer Bennett.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Michelle Myer Bennett,” with case no. 2023-B-1690.

The charges cited Louisiana Rules of Professional Conduct 1.7, 1.15, and 8.4 (a). 

The petition stemmed from an investigation by the Office of Disciplinary Counsel into allegations that Bennett mismanaged her client’s trust account and engaged in an intimate relationship with a client.  As part of the consent decree, Bennett admitted to the rule violations.

The Court suspended Bennett from practicing law for one year and one day. However, all but three months of the suspension will be deferred contingent upon Bennett successfully completing the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Ethics School and Trust Accounting School.

If Bennett fully complies with the conditions of the deferral, including completing the required courses, the remaining nine months of her suspension will not take effect. However, any failure on her part to complete the ethics and trust accounting programs or any additional misconduct during the deferral period could result in that portion of her suspension being made active or additional discipline being imposed. Bennett will also be responsible for all costs and fees associated with the disciplinary proceedings as determined by Louisiana Supreme Court Rule XIX.

According to avvo.com, Ms. Bennett is a divorce & separation attorney in Metairie, Louisiana. She acquired her law license in Louisiana in 1994. 

A copy of the original filing can be found here.