On Friday, February 23, 2024, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals issued an order suspending attorney Mehak Naveed from practicing law on an interim basis pending final action on disciplinary proceedings against her.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Mehak Naveed,” with case no. 22-BD-022.

The suspension stems from an investigation in June 2019 after Bank of America notified the D.C. disciplinary authorities about an overdraft on Naveed’s client trust account. When asked to provide documentation and records to explain the overdraft, Naveed failed to fully cooperate with the investigation for over two years, repeatedly seeking extensions and providing excuses for not turning over financial records from July 2018 to June 2019. This led to contempt of court proceedings against her in 2022.

At hearings in October 2022, the Ad Hoc Hearing Committee found that the disciplinary counsel had proven by clear and convincing evidence that Naveed violated D.C. rules of professional conduct relating to candor before tribunals, obstructing investigations, and interfering with the administration of justice. They recommended a six-month suspension. On November 27, 2023, the Board on Professional Responsibility agreed with this finding and sanction.

Now, the D.C. Court of Appeals has ordered Naveed’s interim suspension while it considers the board’s recommendation of a six-month suspension and requirement that she prove fitness to resume practicing law before being reinstated. The order noted Naveed’s suspension will remain in place pending the court’s final disciplinary decision on the matter.

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.