On Tuesday, March 5, 2024, the Supreme Court of Georgia accepted the petition for voluntary suspension of license from attorney Shaquandra A. Woods pending the outcome of her appeal of a criminal conviction.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Shaquandra A. Woods,” with case no. S24Y0566.

Woods had been convicted on December 8, 2023, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia of one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. According to a press release from the United States Attorney’s Office Southern District of Georgia, Woods was found guilty of participating in a scheme to fraudulently obtain funding from the Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program, which was established under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act to provide relief to small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The press release stated that Woods, a lawyer licensed to practice in both Florida and Georgia, had submitted at least nine fake applications seeking nearly $800,000 in loans for herself and others. She was ultimately successful in obtaining over $300,000 for her use.

In her petition to the Georgia Supreme Court, Woods admitted her conviction constituted a violation of Rule 8.4(a)(2) of the Georgia Rules of Professional Conduct, which prohibits attorneys from committing a felony. She stated she planned to appeal her conviction in federal district court.

The Supreme Court accepted Woods’ petition for voluntary suspension of her law license pending the outcome of her appeal. Her suspension will remain in effect until further order of the Court. She is required to notify the State Bar’s Office of General Counsel in writing within 10 days of the final disposition of her appeal.

The Disposition states:

“Accordingly, it is hereby ordered that Shaquandra A. Woods be suspended from the practice of law in this State pending the outcome of her direct appeal and until further order of this Court. Woods is ordered to notify the State Bar’s Office of General Counsel in writing within 10 days of the final disposition of her direct appeal.”

According to avvo.com, Ms. Woods is a business attorney in Jacksonville, Florida. She attended the Florida Coastal School of Law. She acquired her law license in Georgia in 2019.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.