On Thursday, January 25, 2024, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals issued an order suspending attorney Kelley Clements Keller from practicing law in D.C. for one year and one day.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Kelley Clements Keller,” with case no. 23-BG-0957.

The reciprocal discipline stems from a May 2023 order from the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania suspending Keller for the same term after she consented to a disciplinary petition. According to the petition, Keller had failed to complete work for which she had been paid by seven clients spanning from 2019 to 2021. She did not properly respond to client inquiries, failed to file trademark applications or complete legal work in a timely manner, and did not properly refund unearned fees.

Some of Keller’s specific misconduct included failing to file three trademark applications for a client after accepting a $3,485 payment, failing to provide estate planning services to a couple after accepting a $13,500 fee, and abandoning a client’s trademark application that was then deemed lost after missing a deadline to make revisions.

At the time, Keller had been practicing law in Pennsylvania for seven years and had no prior disciplinary record. As part of the consent agreement, she acknowledged her mistakes, expressed remorse, and agreed to the one-year-and-one-day suspension.

Under reciprocal discipline rules, suspensions in one jurisdiction are typically replicated in others where the attorney is also licensed to practice. In Keller’s case, the D.C. Court of Appeals order notes there is a presumption of identical reciprocal discipline. Keller did not file a response challenging the discipline or provide the required affidavit under D.C. bar rules.

The court order suspends Keller’s D.C. license for the same one year and one day. Additionally, her reinstatement in D.C. will be conditioned upon demonstrating fitness to practice law as well as being reinstated in Pennsylvania first. She will also have to file the required affidavit before her suspension period can begin.

The Disposition states:

“ORDERED that Kelley Clements Keller is hereby suspended from the practice of law in the District of Columbia for one year and one day with reinstatement conditioned upon a showing of fitness and her reinstatement in Pennsylvania.”

According to avvo.com, Ms. Keller is an attorney in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. She acquired her law license in the District of Columbia in 2018.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.