On Thursday, January 11, 2024, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board approved a 365-day suspension for Washington D.C. attorney John Kedrich Evans III. The board accepted an agreed disposition between Evans and the Bar during a teleconference hearing.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of John Kedrich Evans III” with case number 24-000-130255.

The sanctions were a result of a case brought by the D.C. Office of Disciplinary Counsel regarding Evans’ conduct while serving on the D.C. Council and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Board between 2015 and 2019. According to filings, Evans did not accurately report his financial holdings, clients, and outside employment as required on annual disclosure forms for both positions. Several of Evans’ clients during this period stood to gain financially from legislation under consideration where Evans had influence.

The filings state Evans maintained stock holdings worth over $100,000 each year in Eagle Bancorp Inc. but answered “N/A” when asked to disclose stocks on several disclosure forms for the Council and WMATA. He also did not fully report consulting clients and outside employment on the forms. In 2016 Evans started his own consulting firm NSE Consulting which had clients before the Council.

As part of the agreed disposition, Evans stipulated his actions violated D.C. ethics rules regarding accurate financial disclosures. The disposition was based on a similar 365-day suspension imposed by the D.C. Court of Appeals in October 2023 after a disciplinary hearing. The Virginia board voted to give the same reciprocal discipline based on rules requiring alignment with other jurisdictions’ sanctions.

Evans’ suspension in Virginia will take effect immediately, but he will not be eligible for reinstatement until providing proof of reinstatement by the D.C. bar.

Mr. Evans obtained his license to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia on September 26, 1980, and in the District of Columbia on June 23, 1982.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.