NEW ORLEANS — Prominent New Orleans civil attorney Joseph Bruno Sr. has been suspended from practicing law for 30 days after Louisiana’s Supreme Court found he was negligent in handling an insurance claim.

The suspension followed a 2013 complaint filed by a Baton Rouge man, who hired Bruno regarding a Hurricane Gustav damage case.

According to a recap of the ruling by Nola.com|The Times Picayune , Bruno failed to file a lawsuit within a legal time limit after the client rejected a settlement offer.

The Supreme Court found that the harm to the client was mitigated because the insurance company extended the same settlement offer, and because Bruno waived his fees and advised the client of his right to file a malpractice suit against him.

Bruno’s attorney called Monday’s ruling “an appropriate sanction.”


Information from: The Times-Picayune, http://www.nola.com