On Thursday, December 14, 2023, the Kentucky Supreme Court issued an order permanently disbarring attorney Andrew Nicholas Clooney from practicing law, following criminal charges in federal court.

The case is entitled “Andrew Nicholas Clooney v. Kentucky Bar Association,” with case no. 2023-SC-0478-KB.

The charges cited Kentucky Rules of Professional Conduct SCR 3.130(8.4)(b) and SCR 3.130(8.4)(c) which states:

It is professional misconduct for a lawyer to commit a criminal act that reflects adversely on the lawyer’s honesty, trustworthiness, or fitness as a lawyer in other respects.

It is professional misconduct for a lawyer to engage in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation.

The Rules of Professional Conduct can be found here.

Clooney had been suspended from practice since April 18, 2019, in two separate cases, for failure to respond to a bar complaint and possible misappropriation of client funds. Following this discipline, on May 15, 2023, Clooney pleaded guilty in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky to one felony count of wire fraud and one felony count of willful failure to pay taxes. He was sentenced to two years and nine months in prison.

According to the Supreme Court order, the victims listed in Clooney’s federal plea agreement were the same clients involved in the temporary suspension order from 2019. Clooney admitted to violating ethical rules prohibiting criminal conduct that reflects poorly on a lawyer’s honesty and fitness to practice.

The recent disbarment order accepts Clooney’s motion to resign his bar license under terms of permanent disbarment. The Kentucky Bar Association did not object to the motion. As part of the disbarment, Clooney must notify his clients and all courts where he has pending cases that he can no longer represent them due to his permanent removal from practicing law. He must also cancel any legal advertising. The order also directs Clooney to pay $567.67 to cover the costs of the disciplinary proceedings against him.

The Disposition states:

“Accordingly, it is hereby ORDERED: Andrew Nicholas Clooney is permanently disbarred from the practice
of law in the Commonwealth of Kentucky,”

According to avvo.com, Mr. Clooney is an attorney in Louisville, Kentucky. He acquired his law license in Kentucky in 1992.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.