La. Atty Suspended Over Secretary's Embezzlement

By Dani Meyer (December 10, 2015, 3:55 PM EST) -- An attorney whose assistant embezzled client funds has been suspended for 30 days after the Louisiana Supreme Court found him negligent and said he didn't promptly make restitution to his clients after learning of the scheme.

The court said Charles R. Joiner cooperated with the disciplinary proceedings and didn't appear to be trying to benefit at the expense of his clients, but determined in a Tuesday opinion that his conduct warranted more than a public reprimand.

"We conclude respondent's negligent supervision of his nonlawyer assistant was coupled with a willful indifference toward his obligation to make prompt restitution to remedy the...

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