On Tuesday, December 19, 2023, the Supreme Court of Georgia accepted the voluntary surrender of law license by Ashutosh S. Joshi, ending a disciplinary case that began in 2017.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Ashutosh S. Joshi,” with case no. S23Y0975.

The charges cited Georgia Rules of Professional Conduct rule 4.2(a). 

According to the Court’s opinion, Joshi represented Kenneth Jackson, who was accused of murder and other gang-related offenses. A co-conspirator agreed to cooperate as a witness against Jackson. On August 28, 2017, Joshi visited the co-conspirator in jail without permission from his attorney.

The State Bar accused Joshi of violating professional conduct rules. It alleged that Joshi misrepresented to jail staff that he represented the co-conspirator. It also said Joshi met with the co-conspirator knowing he had an attorney, without consent. Further, Joshi allegedly sent correspondence to the co-conspirator about their meeting.

Joshi initially petitioned for a six-month suspension, admitting only to sending the letter. The Court rejected this, saying the formal complaint included more serious violations that were not addressed. It directed the issues to be examined to determine the appropriate sanction.

On remand, Joshi filed to voluntarily surrender his license, continuing to deny serious misconduct. However, he admitted his jail visit violated a rule prohibiting contact with represented parties. The special master still had concerns without resolving all allegations.

Joshi filed then a second petition including a sworn statement that he would never seek readmission. While allegations remained unproven, the Court said surrender was tantamount to disbarment, which was the maximum penalty if proven.

Given Joshi’s oath to permanently surrender his ability to practice law, the State Bar recommended acceptance. The Court agreed, to end the six-year disciplinary process. It removed Joshi from practicing law in Georgia as of December 19, 2023.

The Disposition states:

“Accordingly, it is ordered that the name of Ashutosh S. Joshi be removed from the rolls of persons authorized to practice law in the State of Georgia. Although Joshi represents under oath that he has closed his practice, he nevertheless is reminded of his duties pursuant to Bar Rule 4 – 219 (b).”

According to avvo.com, Mr. Joshi was a criminal defense attorney in Atlanta, Georgia. He attended the Emory University School of Law. He acquired his law license in Georgia in 1996.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.