On Wednesday, February 28, 2024, the Commission for Lawyer Discipline filed a Petition for Compulsory Discipline against attorney Richard Plezia with the Board of Disciplinary Appeals appointed by the Supreme Court of Texas.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Richard Plezia,” with case no. 68989.

According to the petition, Plezia was indicted three times in 2019, 2020, and 2022 for various criminal charges relating to conspiracy to defraud the United States, filing false tax returns, making false statements, and falsifying records. In October 2023, Plezia was convicted after a trial of conspiracy, making two false statements, and falsifying records. He was sentenced to six months and one day in prison followed by two years of supervised release and was ordered to pay a $400 assessment and a $5,000 fine.

The petition alleges that the offenses he was convicted of were “intentional crimes” and “serious crimes” as defined by the Texas Rules of Disciplinary Procedure. The Commission is seeking to suspend Plezia’s law license during the pendency of any appeal of his criminal conviction. It further requests that upon his convictions became final, Plezia should be disbarred according to the disciplinary rules.

The petition states:

“WHEREFORE, PREMISES CONSIDERED, Petitioner prays that Respondent be given notice of these proceedings as provided by law and, upon hearing of this matter, that the Board enter its order suspending Respondent during his appeal, and for such other and further relief to which Petitioner may be entitled to receive including costs of court and attorney’s fees.”

According to avvo.com, Mr. Plezia is a personal injury attorney in Houston, Texas. He attended the Baylor University, graduating in 1990. He acquired his law license in Texas in the same year.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.