On Tuesday, September 27, 2022, the Supreme Court of the State of Louisiana ruled on the Petition for Permanent Resignation from the practice of law filed by Shreveport attorney Christopher Dowd Hatch concerning allegations of his failure to return unearned fees in an amount exceeding $47,000. The ruling granted Hatch’s petition.

The case, titled In Re: Christopher Dowd Hatch, was brought by the Office of Disciplinary Counsel (“ODC”), case no. 2022-OB-1148.

According to the filing:

“The Office of Disciplinary Counsel (“ODC”) is currently investigating eleven disciplinary complaints filed against respondent. Respondent now seeks to permanently resign from the practice of law in lieu of discipline. The ODC has concurred in respondent’s petition.”

The Court, having considered Respondent’s petition and the concurrence of the Office of Disciplinary Counsel granted the same.

The Order reads:

“IT IS ORDERED that the request ofChristopherDowd Hatch for permanent resignation in lieu of discipline be and is hereby granted, pursuant to Supreme Court RuleXIX, § 20.1 and Rule 5.5 of the Rules of Professional Conduct.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Christopher Dowd Hatch shall be permanently prohibited from practicing law in Louisiana or in any other jurisdiction in which he is admitted to the practice of law; shall be permanently prohibited from seeking readmission to the practice of law in this state or in any other jurisdiction in which he is admitted; and shall be permanently prohibited from seeking admission to the practice of law in any jurisdiction.”

Justice Jay Bowen McCallum agreed with the ODC and the Court that respondent should be allowed to permanently resign from the practice of law in order to protect the public in the most expeditious manner possible.

Mr. Hatch earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law, graduating in 2005. He had practiced in Shreveport, Louisiana and he had been licensed in Louisiana, license no. 32050, as well as New Mexico. His info can be found on Avvo.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.