On Thursday, October 12, 2023, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals suspended attorney John K. Evans for 365 days due to conduct involving reckless dishonesty. The suspension is the result of a negotiated discipline agreement, which the court approved.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of John K. Evans,” with case no. 23-BG-0741.

On September 6, 2023, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals Board on Professional Responsibility Ad Hoc Hearing Committee recommended that Attorney Evans be suspended from practicing law for 365 days. The recommendation was made after Evans acknowledged that he had failed to accurately report his financial interests and clients.

Evans was required to file annual financial disclosure statements with the Board on Ethics and Government Accountability (BEGA). However, he failed to disclose his outside employment and income from Manatt Phelps and NSE Consulting on his financial disclosure statements for the calendar years 2015 and 2016.

The Hearing Committee noted that Evans’s actions constituted reckless misrepresentation and violated the D.C. Rule of Professional Conduct. The Committee recommended that the negotiated discipline be approved and that the Court suspend Evans.

The Court of Appeals noted that the agreed-upon sanction is “justified” in light of reasonably analogous precedents for false statements made to governmental entities.

The Disposition states:

“Accordingly, it is ORDERED that respondent John K. Evans is hereby suspended from the practice of law in the District of Columbia for 365 days.”

According to Avvo, Mr. Evans is a civil rights attorney in the District of Columbia. He acquired his law license in the District of Columbia in 1982.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.