On November 27, 2023, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals recently suspended attorney Angelique Layton Anderson from practicing law on an interim basis. They took this action in response to discipline she had received in both Colorado and New Jersey for past ethical violations.
The case is entitled “In the Matter of Angelique Layton Anderson,” with case no. 2023-D113.
This interim suspension was imposed shortly after New Jersey suspended her license for one year, effective October 19, 2023.
New Jersey’s suspension stemmed from proceedings originally initiated in Colorado. In June 2021, the Colorado Supreme Court suspended Anderson for three years based on misconduct that occurred from 2015 to 2018.
Specifically, the Colorado court found Anderson guilty of numerous rule violations including failure to communicate with clients, charging unreasonable fees without proper contracts, filing frivolous motions, and making false statements among other complaints. Some of these actions violated that state’s versions of rules like Colorado Rule of Professional Conduct 1.1, 1.4, 1.5, 3.1, and 8.1.
Given the seriousness and multi-state nature of the discipline against Anderson, the District of Columbia court determined an interim suspension was prudent until they can further examine whether any equivalent ethical lapses happened in DC. Her licenses in both New Jersey and Colorado remain suspended as well.
According to Avvo, Ms. Anderson practices in Louisville, Colorado. She acquired her law license in New Jersey in 1989.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.