On Thursday, June 29, 2023, the Disciplinary Counsel filed a complaint against attorney Amanda Ann-Carmen Andrews before the Board of Professional Conduct of the Supreme Court of Ohio for several violations of professional conduct.
The charges cited Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct 8.4(b)(c)(d)(h), 1.4(a)(4), 3.3(a)(1), R.C. 2919.27(a)(1), 2919.27(b)(4), 2903.211(a)(1)(2), 2903(b)(2)(e)(G)(1) which states:
It is professional misconduct for a lawyer to commit an illegal act that reflects adversely on the lawyer’s honesty or trustworthiness.
It is professional misconduct for a lawyer to engage in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation.
It is professional misconduct for a lawyer to engage in conduct that is prejudicial to the administration of justice.
A lawyer shall comply as soon as practicable with reasonable requests for information from the client.
A lawyer shall not knowingly make a false statement of fact or law to a tribunal or fail to correct a false statement of material fact or law previously made to the tribunal by the lawyer.
Violating a Protection Order is a third-degree felony.
Nonsupport of Dependents is a fifth-degree felony.
It is professional misconduct for a lawyer to engage in any other conduct that adversely reflects on the lawyer’s fitness to practice law.
No attorney, and no judicial officer, except as provided in Rule 3.3 of the Code of Judicial Conduct, shall neglect or refuse to assist or testify in an investigation or hearing.
The Rules of Professional Conduct can be found here.
On November 7, 2022, the Supreme Court of Ohio ordered the suspension of the respondent for an interim period. It was reported that the respondent was arrested in Toledo 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. 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. By order, the respondent was suspended from law practice in the state of Michigan for the above-mentioned felony conviction.
The filing states:
“As alleged in Count Three, on November 7, 2022, the Ohio Supreme Court suspended the respondent for an interim period based on her felony convictions for Menacing by Stalking, as a fourth-degree felony in violation of R.C. 2903.211(A)(1)(B)(2)(e), and two counts of Nonsupport of Dependents, as felonies of the fifth degree in violation Of R.C. 11/07/2022 case Announcements, 2022-0hio-3950.”
The filing continues:
“On September 6, 2022, a jury convicted respondent of Count Two for Violating a Protection Order, as a first-degree misdemeanor, Count Three for Menacing by Stalking, as a fourth-degree felony, and Counts Six and Seven for Nonsupport of Dependents, as fifth-degree felonies. Upon information and belief, the Menacing By Stalking and Violating a Protection Order charges involved a domestic situation, and the victim was the respondent’s ex-girlfriend.”
The respondent faced three additional allegations, including failure to cooperate, non-payment and failure to file notice, and non-compliance with court orders. The charges also included reckless operation of a motor vehicle and obstruction of official business. In relation to the aforementioned facts, the Disciplinary Counsel requested the Board of Professional Conduct of the Supreme Court to sanction the respondent accordingly.
The complaint states:
“Relator requests that respondent be found in violation of the Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct and be sanctioned accordingly.”
Ms. Andrews practices in Port Clinton, Ohio. She is licensed in Ohio. Her info can be found martindale.com.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.