On Thursday, February 22, 2024, the Attorney Discipline Board of Michigan issued a Notice of Suspension and Restitution against attorney Carl M. Woodard. According to the notice, Woodard committed several violations during his representation of two clients in a civil case.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Carl M. Woodard,” with case no. 23-73-GA.

The charges cited Michigan Rules of Professional Conduct 1.1(c), 1.1(c), 1.3, 1.4(a)(b), 1.16(d), 8.1(a)(2), 8.4(b), 9.104(1),  9.104(2), 9.104(3), 8.4(a), 9.104(4), 9.104(7), 9.112(A), and Michigan Court Rules 9.113(B)(2).

Woodard failed to comply with discovery requests, which resulted in the dismissal of his client’s case. Woodard also misled his clients to believe the defendant wished to settle when he had not contacted the insurance company. Additionally, Woodard did not inform his clients about a previous 180-day suspension of his license that went into effect in May 2021.

The disciplinary hearing panel found Woodard neglected his clients’ legal matter, failed to properly communicate with them, and misrepresented information. As a result, Woodard’s license was suspended for one year starting February 10, 2024. He was also ordered to pay $1,000 in restitution to his former clients and reimburse administrative costs of $769.94 to the Attorney Disciplinary Board.

According to avvo.com, Mr. Woodard is a general practice attorney in Dansville, Michigan. He acquired his law license in Michigan in 1985. 

A copy of the original filing can be found here.