Bankruptcy Attorney Allegedly Helped Client Misspell Name on Petition
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Bankruptcy Attorney Allegedly Helped Client Misspell Name on Petition

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Bankruptcy attorney helped client misspell name on petition

A Louisiana bankruptcy attorney has been disciplined for reportedly recommending that a high-profile client misspell his name on a 2001 bankruptcy filing to avoid attention from the public.

Then-U.S. District Judge Gabriel Thomas Porteous Jr. came to the bankruptcy attorney for help with his financial problems in 2000, according to the Wall Street Journal. The lawyer allegedly recommended that, to avoid attention from the public and the media, his client spell his name as "Ortous" on his Chapter 13 bankruptcy petition, the ABA Journal reports. He also advised his client to rent a post office box and use it as his address on his petition, according to an opinion filed by the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board.

At the time, the plan reportedly worked, but Porteous later became famous in legal circles, as he was the eighth federal judge in history to be convicted and removed by the Senate, which had made corruption charges against him. 

The bankruptcy attorney who allegedly recommended the misspelling has been banned from practicing law for 30 days for causing "significant harm to reputation and the sanctity of the legal profession," the opinion reads.


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