On Wednesday, January 18, 2023, the Supreme Court of Georgia ruled on the State Bar’s motion to suspend Atlanta Attorney Debra Kaye Scott for failure to attend reprimand despite notice.

The case is styled In the Matter of Debra Kaye Scott and was brought by the Georgia State Bar, case no. S22Y0508.

The charges cited Rules 1.4 and 1.5(b) of the Rules of Professional Conduct.

The Georgia Rules of Professional Conduct can be found here.

On April 19, 2022, the Court entered an Order directing that Scott receive a Review Board reprimand pursuant to the petition for voluntary discipline filed by Scott. The petition sets forth that Scott agreed to accept the imposition of reprimand as discipline for her admitted violations of the Georgia Rules of Professional Conduct by having failed to communicate with a client in one disciplinary matter and failure to communicate the scope of the representation and the basis or rate of attorney’s fees.

The filing states:

“Although Scott was notified on several occasions to appear for the reprimand, she failed to appear at the dates and times specified for the reprimand”

In view of the foregoing facts, the Court ruled in favor of the State Bar’s motion and suspended Scott for her failure to appear for her reprimand.

The disposition reads:

“Therefore, the Court hereby suspends Scott from the practice of law from the date of this opinion until such time as the reprimand is administered.”

Scott will remain suspended until she appears and has been administered the reprimand, and upon the State Bar’s confirmation that Scott received her reprimand. The suspension will be lifted upon the State Bar’s motion to the Court.

According to her LinkedIn profile, Ms. Debra Kaye Scott attended Syracuse University College of Law. She is listed as a lawyer and principal consultant of The Scott Practice, LLC, serving the Greater Atlanta Area. Scott has been licensed in Georgia, license no. 631980.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.