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John Kennedy

Docket No. 16-BD-042

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DCCA Order (May 4, 2021)

Summary: Kennedy was suspended on an interim basis pursuant to D.C. Bar R. XI, § 9(g), pending final action on the Board on Professional Responsibility’s November 16, 2020 recommendation of disbarment.

Board Report and Orders (November 16, 2020)

Summary: In re John F. Kennedy. Bar No. 413509. November 16, 2020. The Board on Professional Responsibility recommended that the D.C. Court of Appeals disbar Kennedy. Kennedy was charged with misconduct arising out of a litigation and settlement of a collective action and his misappropriation of the entrusted settlement funds. He represented more than 100 current and former security officers with wage claims against their employer. He settled the case without informing his clients of the settlement terms, misled his clients about the settlement, and concealed that he took two-thirds of the clients’ settlement for attorney’s fees without the clients’ knowledge or approval. The Board found that Kennedy purposefully and dishonestly misappropriated his clients’ settlement funds and violated Rules 1.2(a), 1.4(a), 1.4(b), 1.4(c), 1.5(b), 1.8(f), and 8.4(c) in Count I and Rules 1.15(a), 1.15(c), and 1.5(a) in Count II.

Board Report and Orders (November 16, 2020)

Summary: In re Kathleen A. Dolan. Bar No. 428925. November 16, 2020. The Board on Professional Responsibility recommended that the D.C. Court of Appeals suspend Dolan for nine months with the requirements that she take a practice management course, complete six hours of continuing legal education on trust account management, and serve one year of probation under the supervision of a practice monitor. Her failure to cooperate with the practice monitor would result in revocation of her probation with a requirement that she demonstrate fitness before reinstatement. Dolan’s husband and sole law partner was the lead counsel for the litigation and settlement of a collective action. Together with her husband, Dolan represented more than 100 current and former security officers with wage claims against their employer. They settled the case without informing their clients of the settlement terms and took two-thirds of the settlement proceeds for their attorney’s fees without their clients’ knowledge or approval. While the Board found that Dolan’s law partner acted purposefully and dishonestly, the Board concluded that Dolan acted negligently and that she misappropriated the clients’ settlement funds. The Board further found various other violations, including mishandling of her trust account up until at least the time of the hearing. (Rules 1.2(a), 1.4(a), 1.4(b), 1.4(c), 1.5(b), and 1.8(f) in Count I and Rules 1.15(a), 1.15(c), and 1.5(a) in Count II.)

Hearing Committee Report (July 31, 2019)

Summary: Not yet available.

Hearing Committee Report (July 31, 2019)

Summary: Not yet available.

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