On Friday, June 30, 2023, the State of Michigan Attorney Disciplinary Board disbarred attorney Amanda Ann-Carmen Andrews for violating a protection order.
The case is entitled “In the Matter of Amanda Ann-Carmen Andrews,” with case no. 22-79-AI; 23-4-JC.
On November 7, 2022, the Supreme Court of Ohio ordered the suspension of the respondent for violating a protection order when she went to her ex-girlfriend’s house and stole security cameras. The respondent was charged with menacing by stalking, violating a protection order, and theft in September 2021. The respondent later entered a plea agreement, pleading guilty to two counts of misdemeanor violating a protection order, and was sentenced to six months in Toledo’s Correctional Treatment Facility and two years probation.
The report states:
“It is ordered and decreed that respondent, Amanda Ann-Carmen Andrews, Attorney Registration No. 0088814, last known business address in Port Clinton, Ohio, is suspended from the practice of law for an interim period, effective as of the date of this entry. It is further ordered that this matter is referred to disciplinary counsel for investigation and the commencement of disciplinary proceedings.
It is further ordered that the respondent immediately cease and desist from the practice of law in any form and that respondent is forbidden to appear on behalf of another before any court, judge, commission, board, administrative agency, or other public authority.”
A complaint filed by the Disciplinary Counsel was lodged against the respondent on June 29, 2023, for the following misconduct; the respondent’s reckless operation of a motor vehicle and obstruction of official business, misappropriation of funds, felony convictions, and failure to cooperate with the disciplinary counsel.
The complaint states:
“On May 30, 2018, the respondent was pulled over after her ex-spouse contacted law enforcement in Upper Sandusky, Ohio. Respondent had met her ex-spouse at McDonald’s to exchange custody of their children. The Respondent’s ex-spouse had received their children and reported to law enforcement that the respondent appeared intoxicated at drop-off. The responding officer activated his overhead lights and located a vehicle matching the description of the respondent’s vehicle. The officer observed the driver turn directly in front of a semi-truck and then fail to yield to the officer.”
The complaint continues:
“Following these transfers, the respondent held a total of $2,283.70 belonging to the Goinses’. In October 2020, the respondent misappropriated at least $2,280.76 of the Goinses’ funds through various transfers into her business and personal accounts, leaving a remaining balance of $2.94 in her IOLTA. In misappropriating the Goinse.s’ funds, the respondent also violated the court’s February 26, 2020 orders. See 1129. On March 4, 2021, the magistrate ordered to pay $1,400 from her IOLTA, which should have held the parties’ funds, to the Regional Income Tax Agency (“RITA”) to help satisfy the parties’ tax obligation. Respondent was further ordered to file a notice of payment with the court no later than March 12, 2021.”
Pursuant to MCR 9.120(B)(1), the respondent’s license to practice law in Michigan was automatically suspended on September 6, 2022, the date of her felony convictions. The panel determined that the respondent engaged in professional misconduct by committing conduct that violated criminal laws of a state or of the United States, an ordinance, or tribal law, as per MCR 2.615 and in violation of MCR 9.104(5), based on her convictions.
The Disposition states:
“The panel ordered that the respondent be disbarred from the practice of law in Michigan. Total costs were assessed in the amount of $3,736.66.”
Ms. Andrews attended the University of Detroit Mercy, graduating in 2011. She has been licensed in Ohio and Michigan. Her info can be found on avvo.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.