Judge boots attorney out of Texas bankruptcy court for two years

January 15, 2014

Practitioner Insights thumbnail 2(Editor’s Note: This post is an excerpt from an article appearing in Practitioner Insights on Westlaw Next)

“Exceedingly disturbing” actions taken by an attorney in connection with a couple’s Chapter 7 case while he was under a law license suspension has led a Texas bankruptcy judge to bar the lawyer from practicing before the court for at least two years.

In re Jones et al., No. 13-33026, 2014 WL 98673 (Bankr. N.D. Tex. Jan. 10, 2014).

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Barbara J. Houser of the Northern District of Texas leveled the sanctions after hearing evidence that attorney Charles Septowski collected fees from the debtors and then, while suspended from practicing law, authorized the electronic filing of documents in their case that falsely bore another lawyer’s name.

Judge Houser also ordered that if Septowski wants to resume bankruptcy practice in the Northern District of Texas after the two-year period has ended, he will have to request a hearing in front of the chief bankruptcy judge, who will determine whether he should be readmitted.

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