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In re Brown

Court of Appeals of Columbia District

April 2, 2015

IN RE TAKISHA BROWN, RESPONDENT. A Member of the Bar of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals (Bar Registration No. 472664)

Submitted November 25, 2014

As Corrected April 2, 2015.

On Report and Recommendation of the Board on Professional Responsibility. (BDN-99-10).

Douglas M. Bregman and Heather L. Kafetz were on the brief for respondent.

Wallace E. Shipp, Jr., Bar Counsel, Jennifer P. Lyman, Senior Assistant Bar Counsel, Elizabeth A. Herman, Deputy Bar Counsel, and Jelani C. Lowery, Senior Staff Attorney, were on the brief for Bar Counsel.

Before BLACKBURNE-RIGSBY and MCLEESE, Associate Judges, and KING, Senior Judge.

OPINION

Page 914

Per Curiam

The District of Columbia Court of Appeals Board on Professional Responsibility recommends that respondent Takisha Brown be disbarred. We accept the Board's recommendation.

I.

Bar Counsel brought disciplinary charges against Ms. Brown based on her handling of a personal-injury matter. After holding an evidentiary hearing, a Hearing Committee concluded that Ms. Brown had intentionally misappropriated funds and made false statements with reckless disregard for the truth. The Hearing Committee therefore recommended that Ms. Brown be disbarred. Neither Bar Counsel nor Ms. Brown took exception to the Hearing Committee's report and recommendation. The Board adopted the Hearing Committee's factual findings, agreed with the Hearing Committee's legal conclusions, and recommended that Ms. Brown be disbarred.

The Hearing Committee found the following facts. Rue Gordon was involved in an automobile accident in 2007. At the time, Ms. Brown was dating Lenwood McGee, Jr., who was a relative of Ms. Gordon's. Mr. McGee asked whether Ms. Brown would represent Ms. Gordon. Ms.

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Brown agreed to represent Ms. Gordon, although Ms. Brown had never before handled a ...


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