On Monday, November 27, 2023, the District of Columbia Board on Professional Responsibility recommended that attorney Mehak Naveed be suspended from practicing law for six months due to violations of professional conduct rules stemming from an investigation of a trust account overdraft.
The case is entitled “In the Matter of Mehak Naveed,” with case no. 22-BD-022.
The charges cited DC Rules of Professional Conduct 3.3(a)(1), 3.4(a), 3.4(c), 8.1(a)(b)(c)(d).
The investigation began after Bank of America notified Disciplinary Counsel about the overdraft on June 10, 2019. Disciplinary Counsel sent Naveed a letter on August 12, 2019, requesting an explanation and financial records related to the trust account transactions. Naveed provided a partial response on September 1, 2019, but did not fully explain the handling and ownership of funds in the account or provide all required financial documentation.
As a result, on November 27, 2019, Disciplinary Counsel issued a subpoena directing Naveed to produce additional financial records from July 2018 through June 2019. Over the next 30 months, Naveed repeatedly sought extensions of deadlines to provide the records and offered excuses for the delay. She failed to comply with the subpoena. This prompted Disciplinary Counsel to initiate contempt proceedings against Naveed in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia in early 2022. Judge Laura Cordero held contempt hearings, where Naveed continued to offer false reasons for failing to produce all records.
Naveed was eventually served with formal disciplinary charges by Disciplinary Counsel on April 8, 2022. She failed to file a proper answer to the charges or meet other pre-hearing deadlines set by the Ad Hoc Hearing Committee. An evidentiary hearing was held on October 14-20, 2022. The Hearing Committee, in a report, found that Disciplinary Counsel proved violations of D.C. Rules of Professional Conduct relating to candor toward a tribunal, obstructing an investigation, and interfering with the administration of justice. They recommended a six-month suspension and a fitness requirement for reinstatement.
In its November 27, 2023 report, the Board agreed with the Hearing Committee’s findings of fact, conclusions of law, and recommended sanction. The Board found that Naveed engaged in a pattern of avoidance, delay, and false statements throughout the disciplinary process. They concurred the violations were proven by clear and convincing evidence and that a six-month suspension with a fitness requirement was warranted. The matter will now be considered by the D.C. Court of Appeals, which has final authority over attorney discipline matters.
According to avvo.com, Ms. Naveed is an attorney in Houston, Texas. She attended the Georgetown University Law Center, graduating in 2014. She acquired her law license in the District of Columbia in 2016.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.