The Kentucky Supreme Court issued orders on October 26, 2023, indefinitely suspending Brittany Lawryn Oliver from practicing law in the state. The rulings stem from two separate disciplinary cases brought against Oliver by the Kentucky Bar Association (KBA) regarding her failure to properly represent clients.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Brittany L. Oliver,” with case numbers 2023-SC-0225-KB and 2023-SC-0223-KB.

In case 2023-SC-0225-KB, the KBA filed a motion to suspend Oliver for failing to respond to a charge related to her representation of clients Mr. and Mrs. Kidd. The Kidds had paid Oliver $1,200 to assist with filing for bankruptcy, but Oliver failed to perform any work on their case and did not return the unearned fee. Oliver was personally served the underlying bar complaint on November 14, 2022, but did not submit a response.

The Inquiry Commission subsequently issued Oliver a formal charge in February 2023 alleging violations related to diligence, communication with clients, return of property, and failure to respond to the disciplinary action. Despite multiple attempts at service and providing four potential addresses, Oliver did not respond to the charge.

In a second case, 2023-SC-0223-KB, the KBA filed to suspend Oliver for similarly failing to respond to a charge regarding her representation of clients Mr. and Mrs. Puckett. The Pucketts had paid Oliver $1,200 for bankruptcy assistance but received no legal work. Oliver was personally served the bar complaint on July 19, 2022, and finally responded on July 29, but did not answer the subsequent formal charge issued in October 2022.

In both cases, the Court noted Oliver had been suspended from practicing in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of the Eastern District of Kentucky in December 2022 and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky in January 2023 for similar conduct involving failure to perform work, return unearned fees, respond to orders, and appear as required. The Bankruptcy Court suspension indicated it was the fourth such case that year.

Given Oliver’s failures to participate or respond in the disciplinary proceedings, coupled with her prior suspensions from federal courts for comparable behaviors, the Kentucky Supreme Court indefinitely suspended her license to practice law in the state in both matters.

The order states:

“Based on the foregoing, it is ORDERED that Brittany L. Oliver is SUSPENDED from the practice of law in the Commonwealth of Kentucky pending further order of this Court. Oliver may seek reinstatement of her license to practice but shall be prepared to explain her conduct and suggest a remedial course of action to prevent recurrence of the behavior discussed herein.”

According to avvo.com, Ms. Oliver is an attorney at Campton, Kentucky. She acquired her law license in Kentucky in 2009. 

A copy of the original filing can be found here.