On Friday, January 5, 2024, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania suspended attorney John K. Evans, III for 365 days after he acknowledged failing to accurately report financial interests and clients while practicing law in D.C.
The case is entitled “In the Matter of John K. Evans, III, A/K/A John K. Evans,” with case no. 163 DB 2023.
The suspension stems from actions taken by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals last year. On October 12, 2023, the D.C. Court of Appeals suspended Evans for 365 days due to conduct involving reckless dishonesty. According to their order, Evans had failed to disclose his outside employment and income from two firms, Manatt Phelps and NSE Consulting, on his financial disclosure statements for 2015 and 2016.
The D.C. Court noted that Evans’ actions constituted reckless misrepresentation and violated the District’s rules of professional conduct. In September 2023, their Board on Professional Responsibility Ad Hoc Hearing Committee recommended a 365-day suspension after Evans acknowledged his errors in reporting. The D.C. Court approved this negotiated discipline agreement.
In their January 5th order, the Pennsylvania high court suspended Evans’ ability to practice law in the state for 365 days based on the D.C. Court of Appeals’ disciplinary action.
The Disposition states:
“AND NOW, this 5th day of January 2024, having indicated his consent to the imposition of reciprocal discipline, John K. Evans, III, a/k/a John K. Evans, is suspended from the Bar of this Commonwealth for a period of 365 days. He shall comply with all the provisions of Pa.R.D.E. 217.”
According to padisciplinaryboard.org, Mr. Evans III acquired his law license in Pennsylvania in 1978.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.