On Tuesday, November 7, 2023, the Supreme Court of Georgia suspended attorney Carl Lawrence Collins from practicing law pending the outcome of his criminal appeal. Collins was found guilty on November 16, 2022, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Southern Division, of five counts of making false tax returns.
The case is entitled “In the Matter of Carl Lawrence Collins,” with case no. S23Y1064.
The charges cited Georgia Rules of Professional Conduct 8.4(a)(2).
Collins, a member of the State Bar of Georgia since 2014, admitted to violating the Georgia Rules of Professional Conduct, which carries a maximum penalty of disbarment. He filed a petition for voluntary suspension, which was accepted by the Supreme Court of Georgia.
The court ordered Collins to be suspended from practicing law in the state pending the outcome of his direct appeal and until further order of the court. He was ordered by the court to notify the State Bar’s Office of General Counsel in writing within 10 days of the final disposition of his direct appeal and comply with the notification and other requirements of Bar Rule 4-219 (b).
The decision was based on the court’s review of Collins’ petition and the special master’s report, which suggested accepting the petition. The court cited previous cases that accepted petitions seeking voluntary suspension of a license pending the outcome of an appeal of a criminal conviction.
The Disposition states:
“Accordingly, it is hereby ordered that Carl Lawrence Collins be suspended from the practice of law in this State pending the outcome of his direct appeal and until further order of this Court.”
According to avvo.com, Mr. Collins is a personal injury attorney in Southfield, Michigan. He acquired his law license in Georgia in 2014.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.