John M. Burkman, Jr, a conservative lobbyist also known as Jack Burkman, had his law license suspended on an interim basis by the D.C. Court of Appeals on December 5th, 2023.

The case is titled ‘In Re John M. Burkman, Jr.’ with case no. 23-BD-061.

The court order for Burkman’s suspension was in direct response to Burkman pleading guilty to a serious crime in Ohio. On December 1, 2022, The Washington Post reported that Burkman pleaded guilty alongside Jacob Wohl in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas for their roles in a scheme to intimidate voters ahead of the 2020 presidential election.

Burkman and Woh orchestrated over 85,000 deceptive robocalls targeting voters of color in key swing states in late October 2020. The automated calls falsely warned about the potential downsides of voting by mail. Burkman and Wohl incorrectly claimed voter information from mail-in ballots could be accessed and used by police, debt collectors, or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In handing down Burkman’s guilty plea sentence, Judge John Sutula slammed the tactics as “despicable” and likened them to past efforts in suppressing Black voters in the South. Sutula ordered 500 hours of community service registering new voters, as well as two years probation for Burkman’s role in the voter intimidation scheme.

Citing this legally serious offense, the D.C. Court of Appeals took the interim step of suspending Burkman’s law license while further disciplinary proceedings against him continue.

Mr. Burkman graduated from Georgetown Law School in 1992. He then worked as a legislative counsel for Congressman Rick Lazio until 1997 before transitioning into the lobbying industry. In 2002, he founded JM Burkman & Associates, a firm that caters to diverse business and special interest clients, after departing from Holland & Knight LLP.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.