On Monday, July 31, 2023, the Board of Disciplinary Appeals in Texas disbarred attorney Darrell Keith Hickman for inadequate client communication and the dissemination of deceptive and inaccurate information to clients.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Darrell Keith Hickman,” with case number 67899.

On March 14, 2023, the Louisiana Supreme Court issued a ruling regarding attorney Darrell Keith Hickman’s petition for permanent resignation from the legal profession as an alternative to facing disciplinary proceedings for alleged misconduct. An investigation conducted by the Office of Disciplinary Counsel (ODC) revealed serious attorney misconduct allegations against Hickman. These allegations included poor communication with clients and the dissemination of misleading and incorrect information to clients, courts, opposing attorneys, and the ODC. Hickman chose permanent resignation as an alternative to disciplinary actions, a decision endorsed by the ODC.

Following this event, on May 23, 2023, a petition seeking reciprocal discipline was filed, alleging that Hickman had been properly served with a copy of the reciprocal discipline petition. Additionally, the petition referenced a collection of documents from the Louisiana case, which involved Hickman’s voluntary resignation from the legal profession. The Supreme Court of Louisiana affirmed this resignation and imposed a permanent prohibition on his practice of law in all jurisdictions.

In relation to this, the Commission for Lawyers Discipline requested that Hickman respond within 30 days to show cause as to why identical discipline should not be imposed in Texas. Furthermore, a hearing was arranged before the Board of Disciplinary Appeals, during which the commission requested that, if deemed appropriate, the Board apply disciplinary measures in Texas that align with the actions taken by the Louisiana Supreme Court. Hickman, despite being duly served with the petition for reciprocal discipline, chose not to attend and entirely defaulted on the matter. Based on the foregoing findings of fact and Hickman’s failure to appear, the Board of Disciplinary Appeals decided to disbar him from the practice of law.

The Disposition states:

‘It is, accordingly, ORDERED, ADJUDGED, and DECREED that Respondent, Darrell Keith Hickman, State Bar Card No. 09572980, be and hereby is DISBARRED from the practice of law in the State of Texas, and his license to practice law in this state be and hereby is revoked.”

According to Linkedin, Mr. Hickman attended the Louisiana State University, graduating in 1991. Before his disbarment, he practiced in Alexandria, Louisiana, and held a valid license in the state.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.