On Tuesday, December 5, 2023, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals Board on Professional Responsibility Ad Hoc Hearing Committee recommended suspending Attorney Jehan A. Carter for making dishonest statements to a court in an attempt to collect unpaid attorney’s fees.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Jehan A. Carter,” with case no. 22-BD-052.

The charges cited District of Columbia Rules of Professional Conduct 3.3(a)(1) and 8.4(c) which states:

By knowingly making a false statement of fact or law to a tribunal.

By engaging in conduct involving dishonesty and misrepresentation.

The Rules of Professional Conduct can be found here.

The misconduct stems from Carter’s representation of Dominique Collier in 2016 against television personality Steve Harvey. In April 2018, Collier filed a pro se lawsuit against Harvey in California that required local counsel. Carter attempted to appear in the case through pro hac vice admission, but her application was denied based on misleading information found on her website and social media profiles.

After the Harvey matter settled in early 2019, Collier filed a bar complaint against Carter on May 3, 2019 alleging multiple issues with her representation. This led the Office of Disciplinary Counsel (ODC) to investigate and file formal charges against Carter related to her pro hac vice application on August 23, 2021. Around this time, Carter filed her first small claims case against Collier on November 21, 2021 seeking unpaid legal fees.

In the first small claims case filing on November 26, 2021 and the refiled case on April 14, 2022, Carter asserted that Collier’s bar complaint had been “dismissed” or was “unsubstantiated.” However, Carter agreed to a negotiated discipline with ODC on May 22, 2022 related to her California conduct which acknowledged rule violations.

Based on these actions, ODC filed a second set of charges against Carter on August 29, 2022 related to her statements in small claims court. An Ad Hoc Hearing Committee found Carter violated the Rules of Professional Conduct by knowingly making a false statement to the court and engaging in dishonest conduct regarding the status of Collier’s original bar complaint. They recommended a six-month suspension, with 90 days stayed for one year of probation.

The recommendation states:

“For the foregoing reasons, the Committee finds that Respondent violated rules 3.3(a)(1) and 8.4(c), and recommend a sanction of a six-month suspension with 90 days stayed in favor of a one-year unsupervised probation, with the condition that she not violate any rules of professional conduct. She will not be required to report her probation status.”

According to Martindale, Ms. Carter attended the New York Law School, graduating in 2009. She acquired her law license in the District of Columbia in 2014.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.