On Friday, January 6, 2023, the Supreme Court of Tennessee ruled on the order of the Hearing Panel concerning an action for disciplinary charges filed against Alabama attorney Janet Monique Okoye alleging misconduct.

The case titled In Re: Janet Monique Okoye was brought by the Board of Professional Responsibility, case no. M2022-01764-SC-BAR-BP.

According to the Board of Professional Responsibility’s released information, a Hearing Panel found that Ms. Okoye failed to deposit client funds into an IOLTA account or other trust account; failed to have an IOLTA or other trust account to keep clients funds; failed to comply with multiple court orders and Special Master reports to deposit funds in her possession with the Court Clerk; knowingly engaged in dishonesty and misrepresentation; failed to respond to the requests of Board for information related to the disciplinary complaint; and failed to participate in the disciplinary proceeding. The Hearing Panel determined the misconduct of Ms. Okoye warranted disbarment.

Based on the foregoing facts, the Court finds it appropriate to enter an Order of Enforcement disbarring Ms. Okoye.

The Order of Enforcement reads:

“IT IS, THEREFORE, CONSIDERED, ORDERED, ADJUDGED, AND DECREED BY THE COURT THAT:

(1) Ms. Okoye is permanently disbarred from the practice of law pursuant to Tenn. Sup. Ct., R. 9, § 12.1.

(2) Ms. Okoye shall comply in all aspects with Tenn. Sup. Ct. R. 9, § 28 regarding the obligations and responsibilities of disbarred attorneys.

(3) Pursuant to Tenn. Sup. Ct. R. 9, § 31.3(d), Ms. Okoye shall pay to the Board of Professional Responsibility the expenses and costs incurred to date by the Board in this matter in the amount of $1,457.00, which includes $100.00 for the cost of filing in this matter, and shall pay to the Clerk of this Court the court costs incurred herein. All costs, fees, and expenses awarded or assessed herein shall be paid within ninety (90) days of the entry of this Order, for which execution, if necessary, may issue.

(4) The Order of Temporary Suspension entered March 3, 2022 (Order No. M2022-00269-SC-BPR-BP) is hereby dissolved.

(5) The Board of Professional Responsibility shall cause notice of this suspension to be published as required by Tenn. Sup. Ct. R. 9, § 28.11.

(6) Pursuant to Tenn. Sup. Ct. R. 9, § 28.1, this Order shall be effective upon entry.”

Prior to the disbarment, Ms. Janet Monique Okoye practiced in Birmingham, Alabama as an immigration attorney at Vulcan Legal Group, LLC. She earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Alabama School of Law, graduating in 2009. Okoye had been licensed in Tennessee. Her info can be found on Avvo.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.