Disciplinary Actions

Reinstated

Robert Paul Williams of Oxford, Miss., was reinstated to the practice of law on July 13 after complying with Supreme Court Rule 21, which requires mandatory continuing legal education. He was suspended on Sept. 7, 2010.

Mohamad Akbik of New York, N.Y., was reinstated to the practice of law on July 27 after complying with Section 20 of Supreme Court Rule 9, which requires the payment of annual registration fees to the Board of Professional Responsibility. He was suspended in 2008. (On May 3, 2012, the Supreme Court entered an order vacating this suspension nunc pro tunc to June 30, 2008, as the Board of Professional Responsibility made a mistake when it suspended Mr. Akbik)

The following lawyers were reinstated to the practice of law after complying with Supreme Court Rule 9, Section 32, which requires the payment of an annual state professional privilege tax: John R. Dunlap, Memphis, and Steven C. Sobotka, San Diego, Cal.

Censured

Murfreesboro lawyer John W. Price III was publicly censured on July 19 for accepting representation of an adverse party in a suit filed by a former client. Price failed to obtain a written statement from his former client waiving conflict of interest. The state Supreme Court determined that Price violated Rules of Professional Conduct 1.6(a), 1.9(a)(c) and 8.4(a)(d). It also ordered him to pay the cost of the disciplinary proceeding.

On July 20, Byron Ray Simpson received a public censure from the Board of Professional Responsibility for practicing law while his license was suspended. On Dec. 3, 2010, Simpson’s license was suspended because he failed to pay his professional privilege tax. His license was returned to active status on Jan. 20. However, during the suspension period, the board found that he continued to practice law in violation of Rule of Professional Conduct 5.5.

Nashville lawyer John Jay Clark received a public censure from the Board of Professional Responsibility on July 20 for improper conduct in several cases. The board found that he did not diligently pursue a client’s cause of action, signed an incorrect agreed order, permitted the statute of limitations on a case to lapse, was not diligent in concluding a divorce, neglected his duties as an attorney and failed to communicate effectively with clients. His actions were determined to violate Rules of Professional Conduct 1.1, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5 and 3.2.

On July 20, Shelby County lawyer Timothy Allen Price received a public censure from the Board of Professional Responsibility for taking no action in a case he was paid to handle. In December 2009, a client hired Price to prepare and file a Freedom of Information Act request and to obtain a copy of the client’s criminal record. Although Price was paid to perform the service, he took no action. The client’s repeated attempts to contact Price were unsuccessful. In imposing the censure, the board also noted that Price recently received a two-year suspension for similar conduct. His actions were determined to violate Rules of Professional Conduct 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.15, 1.16, 8.1 and 8.4.

On July 21, Davidson County lawyer Nathaniel H. Koenig received a public censure from the Board of Professional Responsibility for violating Rules of Professional Conduct 1.3, 1.4 and 3.2. The board found that Koenig and his client failed to appear for a court date resulting in dismissal of the case. Opposing counsel later informed Koenig of the dismissal, but Koenig did not advise his client. Instead, several months after the dismissal, Koenig told his client that he was still waiting for a settlement offer from opposing counsel. Koenig finally informed his client that the case had been dismissed and assured the client he would re-file it immediately. He did not re-file the case for six months.

Davidson County lawyer Fernando Jose Ramos received a public censure from the Board of Professional Responsibility on July 28 for not informing his client of a three-year suspension that was imposed on him in July 2009. Rather than inform the client, Ramos transferred the client’s file to another attorney without obtaining permission. The board determined that this action violated Rules of Professional Conduct 1.2, 1.4, 1.6 and 1.16.

Suspended

On July 18, the Tennessee Supreme Court suspended Timothy Allen Price for two years, retroactively applied to April 8, 2010 — the date of his temporary suspension from the practice of law. The suspension was imposed based on two complaints of misconduct. In the course of investigating the complaints, the Board of Professional Responsibility determined that Price had abandoned his law practice, failed to communicate with clients and failed to act diligently. Price entered a conditional guilty plea admitting to the misconduct. The court also ordered Price to pay $3,500 in restitution to two former clients, pay the cost of the disciplinary proceeding and undergo an evaluation by the Tennessee Lawyers Assistance Program. The court determined that his actions violated Rules of Professional Conduct 1.1, 1.3, 1.5(a), 1.15(a), 1.16(d) and 8.4(a)(c)(d).

On July 19, Davidson County lawyer Alea Danielle Ashby was suspended for three years for accepting legal fees from a client but failing to perform work as promised, as well as failing to communicate properly with the client. The Tennessee Supreme Court determined that her actions violated Rules of Professional Conduct 1.3, 1.4, 1.5 and 8.4. The court also ordered Ashby to pay the Board of Professional Responsibility and the clerk of the court the costs associated with her disciplinary proceeding. The court noted that Ashby has been disbarred since Aug. 5, 2010.

Coffee County lawyer Robert Thomas Carter was suspended from the practice of law for five years on July 20. However, the court will allow him to serve 14 months of actual suspension and 46 months of probated suspension subject to the following conditions: that he (1) meet with a practice monitor each month, (2) extend his Tennessee Lawyers Assistance Program (TLAP) contract for five years and (3) permit monthly screenings by TLAP. On April 9, 2009, the Board of Professional Responsibility filed a petition for discipline against Carter based on an alleged theft from his former law firm. While the petition was pending, the state Supreme Court summarily suspended him based on his guilty plea in a criminal case involving the theft. The court determined that his actions violated Rules of Professional Conduct 1.15 and 8.4 and ordered him to pay the cost of the disciplinary proceeding.

Disbarred

On July 15, Madison lawyer Michael Sneed was disbarred by the Tennessee Supreme Court for misappropriating client funds; making misrepresentations to clients; failing to competently and diligently represent clients; and failing to properly communicate with clients. The court determined that his actions violated Rules of Professional Conduct 1.1, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.7, 1.8, 1.9, 1.15, 1.16, 3.2, 5.5, 8.1 and 8.4. The court also ordered Sneed to pay the cost of the disciplinary proceeding.

Suspension for Failure to File 2010 IOLTA Report

On June 14, the Supreme Court of Tennessee suspended the following attorneys for failure to submit certification that all eligible funds are held in an IOLTA account. Attorneys who filed the report by press time are noted as reinstated.

Tennessee

Bluff City: Kristen Elaine Morrell.
Chattanooga: Michael Dejuan Borden, Barton C. Burns, David W. Hutton Jr.
Cleveland: John Allen Murphy Jr. (reinstated), Willard W. Watts.
Cookeville: Virginia Maddux Moore.
Dandridge: William Lee Wheatley.
Franklin: William Warren Leech.
Hixson: Mary Kathryn Anglin.
Jonesborough: Guy Seaver Weems Jr.
Knoxville: Wesley Markland Baker, Anne Bowles Ferrell, Jason Russell Fogle (reinstated), Marleen Colominas Naab, Joshua Niles Nash, Christopher Wayne Richeson.
Lebanon: Richard Jefferson Brodhead.
Memphis: Michael Brandon Barber, Michael Shannon Cooley (reinstated), John R. Dunlap (reinstated), Mary-Marsha Porter Hardin, Vanessa Gale Keeler (reinstated), Quitman Robins Ledyard II, Geoffrey Lee Lewter (reinstated), Jack Lester Mewborn Jr., John Homer Stone Jr., W. Lee Whitman.
Murfreesboro: Douglas Peter Connell.
Nashville: Bruce Alan Androphy, Bart Edward Ashley (reinstated), Eugene James Honea, Mark Thomas Jurkovich, Matthew Fort Mayo, David James Moser, Benjamin Franklin Parrish Jr.
Oneida: Rebecca Sue Byrd.
Ooltewah: John Luther Lee III.
Pinson: Jennifer Segars Johnson.
Rogersville: William Thomas Berry.
Shady Valley: Arthur Ewald Neuman.

Out of State

Arkansas: Terri Dill Chadick, Joseph Dewey Hughes, Terry Goodwin Jones, William Douglas Martin.
California: Kathy Morristeen Gilmore, Dinelle Shanae Mahabir, James Paul Sizemore.
District of Columbia: Brenda F. Curry, Marci Dale Harris, Samuel Alexander Reed (reinstated), Aaron Shainis.
Florida: Joshua Clint Bramlett, Jennifer Bales Drake, Cathy Louise Lucrezi, Jesus Elroy Ravelo, Louis Basil Vocelle Jr.
Georgia: David Sidney Eichholz, William Edward Nethery, Sally Marney Ridenour, Holly Loy Smith.
Illinois: Kellen Elizabeth Keaty, Marcia Luloff Sabesin, John Wesley Wyatt.
Kentucky: Terri Renee Farris Mussetter, Ronald Scott Wilder.
Louisiana: James Abner Barton III (reinstated), Frederic Theodore Le Clercq.
Maryland: Enoch Perry III (reinstated).
Mississippi: Shameca Shante Collins, Kimberly K.D. Kitchens, Sandra Dee Marshall, Michael Leander Prewitt, Marvin Reid Stanford, Stanley Frank Stater III, Grady Roy Turner, Calvin C. Williams Jr., Lauren Carson Williams.
New York: Mark Anthony Carey, Navneet Chahal, Joseph M. Dash, Gregory Gen Little.
North Carolina: Tanzania Chevon Cannon-Eckerle, Randolph Cartwright Dow, Jill B. Martin.
Ohio: Marco Gian Bocciarelli, Robert Natole Farinacci.
Oklahoma: Stuart Duane Ericson.
Pennsylvania: Peter Anthopolos, Joseph Stanley Lukomski.
Texas: Ronald B. Cosgrove, Janie Garrett, Freddie Newell Jackson (suspension vacated upon death), Lori Liane Long, Marisa Katherine McGaughey.
Utah: Darren Todd Cole, Kip P. Roth.
Virginia: Russell Shay Glass, Hope Elizabeth Goins.
West Virginia: Keisha D. May (reinstated).

Out of Country

England: Michael S. Pineda.
Israel: Yehudit Pasternak.
South Korea: Hye Youn Kim.

Suspension for Failure to Pay 2010 Annual Fee

The Tennessee Supreme Court suspended the following attorneys on Oct. 25, 2010, for failing to pay the 2010 annual fee to the Board of Professional Responsibility. Attorneys who paid the fee by presstime are noted as reinstated.

Tennessee

Alamo: Michael Brandon Barber.
Athens: Paul Donald Rush (reinstated).
Atwood: James Daniel Rogers (reinstated).
Bartlett: Jack Lester Mewborn Jr.
Brentwood: William Dalton Castleman (reinstated), Jonathan Evan Gower (paid fee but remains suspended for CLE noncompliance), John Benneth Iwu (reinstated), Lance Brandon Mayes (reinstated), Erica Roschelle Stiff-Coopwood (reinstated), Brigitte Nicole Tubbs-Jones (reinstated), Jack Case Wilson (paid fee but remains suspended for CLE noncompliance).
Bristol: Kristen Elaine Morrell.
Centerville: Kenneth Keenan Crites (reinstated).
Chattanooga: Mary Kathryn Anglin, Michael Dejuan Borden, Barton C. Burns, Bernard David Cohen (reinstated but now deceased), James W. Gentry (reinstated), Margaret McGowan Haney (reinstated), David W. Hutton Jr., Elizabeth Theobald Irvin (reinstated), Lorraine Helen Raymond (reinstated), Albert Lindsley Watson III (reinstated but now deceased).
Clarksville: Donrua Darlene Barnes-Hulsey (paid fee but remains suspended), Christopher Allen Smith (reinstated), Dennis Wayne Stanford (reinstated).
Cleveland: John Allen Murphy Jr. (paid fee but remains suspended for IOLTA noncompliance), Willard W. Watts, Gerald Webb Jr. (reinstated).
Clinton: Brennan Patrick Lenihan (reinstated), Randy Keith Miller (paid fee but remains suspended for not paying professional tax), Yarboro Ann Sallee (reinstated).
Columbia: John Jay Clark (reinstated).
Cookeville: Virginia Maddux Moore.
Cordova: Lauren M. Howe (paid fee but remains suspended for CLE noncompliance), William Shawn Lynch (reinstated).
Crossville: Thomas E. Looney (reinstated).
Dyersburg: Ralph Woodson Farmer.
Franklin: Charles Galloway Blackard III (reinstated), Lee Edward Dryer (reinstated), William Warren Leech.
Germantown: Rebecca Marie Baggett (reinstated), James Alvin Carraway Jr. (reinstated), Marcus Neal Hanna (reinstated), Steven Curtis Limbrick (reinstated), Freeman Anthony Marr (reinstated).
Greeneville: Timothy Williams Flohr (reinstated).
Henry: Cynthia Marie Nienaber (reinstated).
Jacksboro: Michael Glen Hatmaker (reinstated).
Jackson: Lawrence E. Nicola (reinstated).
Jamestown: Baley Fred Allred IV (reinstated).
Johnson City: Jack Harlin Carpenter (reinstated), Vance W. Cheek Jr. (reinstated), James David Culp (reinstated), Mark Clyde Hicks Jr.
Jonesborough: Guy Seaver Weems Jr.
Knoxville: Carlos Alexander Anderson (paid fee but moved to inactive status), Gary Lee Anderson (reinstated), Wesley Markland Baker, Charles Philip Carter (reinstated), John Benton Dupree (reinstated), Anne Bowles Ferrell, Jason Russell Fogle (reinstated), Richard Lee Gaines (reinstated), Kennett Hobbs (reinstated but deceased), Karen E. Holt (reinstated but deceased), David Lanier Hull (reinstated), Thomas Michael Leveille (reinstated), Lori Liane Long, Marleen Colominas Naab, Joshua Niles Nash, D’Artagnan Honre Perry (reinstated), Christopher Wayne Richeson, Erin Marie Schad (reinstated), Henry Calvin Walter Jr. (reinstated), William Lee Wheatley.
Lawrenceburg: Charles Matthew Bates (reinstated).
Lebanon: Richard Jefferson Brodhead, Jon Leo Setzer (reinstated).
Loudon: Edwin Harrison Arnold (reinstated).
Madison: Bruce Edward Kessler (reinstated).
McMinnville: Keith Sullivan Smartt (reinstated).
Memphis: John Knox Aycock (reinstated but deceased), James Hardin Barton (reinstated), Webb Alexander Brewer (reinstated), Amy Holliman Brown (reinstated), John Taylor Chenery (reinstated), Michael Shannon Cooley (reinstated), Martha Rundell Crenshaw (paid fee but moved to inactive status), Charles Richard Dorroh (reinstated), Gregory M. Duckett (reinstated), John R. Dunlap (reinstated), Allen Gardner (reinstated), Mary-Marsha Porter Hardin, John Robert Hershberger (reinstated), Joseph Dewey Hughes, Vanessa Gale Keeler (reinstated), John W. Leach (reinstated), Robertson Morrow Leatherman Jr. (reinstated), Quitman Robins Ledyard II, Peggy Jane Lee (reinstated), Geoffrey Lee Lewter (reinstated), William Clary Lunsford (paid fee but remains suspended for not paying professional tax), Dinelle Shanae Mahabir, John Bonner Maxwell Jr. (reinstated), Donnie Ray McFerren (reinstated), Keith Von Moore (reinstated), Carlton Wayne Orange (reinstated), David Curry Riley (reinstated), Sharon Rose Beth Ryan, Tamra Jean Sikkink (reinstated), George Enest Skouteris Jr. (reinstated), John Homer Stone Jr.,  Joshua David Thomas (reinstated), W. Lee Whitman.
Murfreesboro: Douglas Peter Connell, Michael Douglas Herrin (reinstated), Brian Keith Roberts (reinstated).
Nashville: Bruce Alan Androphy, Bart Edward Ashley (reinstated), Luther Ernest Cantrell Jr. (reinstated), Lynne Todd Edgerton, Shawna Eastman Elrod (reinstated), Elizabeth Byrn Fox (paid fee but moved to inactive status), William Caldwell Hancock (reinstated), Eugene James Honea, Anton Lorenzo Jackson (reinstated), Andre Philip Johnson (reinstated), Mark Thomas Jurkovich, Thomas Parker Kanaday Jr. (reinstated), Michelle Jones Long (reinstated), David Lamar Maddox (reinstated), Matthew Fort Mayo, Linda Narrow McLemore (reinstated), Thomas Summers McNiel (reinstated), David James Moser, Michael Scott Ogan, Benjamin Franklin Parrish Jr., Kimberly Nicole Pedigo (reinstated), Jennifer Herndon Puryear (reinstated), John William Chenault Sanders (reinstated), Gregory Edward Seneff Sr. (reinstated), Joseph Carson Stone (reinstated), Kevin Shalom Terry (paid fee but remains disbarred), Grady Roy Turner, Afshin M. Yazdian (reinstated).
Oak Ridge: Kevin Carmack Angel (reinstated), Jennifer Lynn Richter (paid fee but moved to inactive status).
Old Hickory: Nathan William Conrey (reinstated).
Oneida: Rebecca Sue Byrd.
Ooltewah: John Luther Lee III.
Pinson: Jennifer Segars Johnson.
Rogersville: William Thomas Berry.
Rutledge: Joseph Wayne Wolfenbarger (reinstated).
Sevierville: Rick DeWayne Pemberton (reinstated).
Seymour: J.G. Christenberry.
Shady Valley: Arthur Ewald Neuman.
Somerville: Stephen Lee Hale (reinstated).
Thompson Station: David Radke (reinstated).
Trenton: James Belew Webb (reinstated).
White Pine: Hugh Parmenas Taylor.
Winchester: Joseph Scott Bean Jr. (reinstated).

Out of State

Alabama: W. Clyde Harr III (reinstated), Jackson Wayne Seal (reinstated).
Arkansas: Terri Dill Chadick, Terry Goodwin Jones, Michael Ray Lipscomb, William Douglas Martin.
California: John Andre Chiapella (reinstated), Kathy Morristeen Gilmore, William Kenneth Koska (reinstated), James Paul Sizemore.
Colorado: Jan Holmes Crosby (reinstated).
Connecticut: Robert Gerard Lavitt.
District of Columbia: Marci Dale Harris, Valeria Rae Oliver (reinstated), Samuel Alexander Reed (reinstated), Aaron Shainis, Jennifer Karen Vessels (reinstated).
Delaware: Launice Pamela Paul Sills (reinstated).
Florida: Brendan Bradley, Joshua Clint Bramlett, Jennifer Bales Drake, Paige Adonna Greenlee (reinstated), Cathy Louise Lucrezi, William Stewart Martin (reinstated), Amy Jo Quezon (reinstated), Jesus Elroy Ravelo, Don Albert Russo (reinstated), Joseph William Segers III (reinstated), Jody Moscato Stanley (reinstated), Louis Basil Vocelle Jr., Shay Beth Winebarger (reinstated).
Georgia: Matthew Alden Boyd (reinstated), David Sidney Eichholz, Alisa Waldrop Ellenburg (reinstated), Natalie Ann Green (reinstated), William Edward Nethery, Chuck Richard Pardue (reinstated), Sally Marney Ridenour, Holly Loy Smith, James Frederick Tenney (reinstated), John Burton West Jr. (reinstated).
Illinois: Kellen Elizabeth Keaty, Brian Joel Kurtz (reinstated), Jessica Nicole Manley (reinstated), Marcia Luloff Sabesin, John Wesley Wyatt.
Kentucky: John Michael Gambrel, Terri Renee Farris Mussetter, Louis William Rom (reinstated), Anthony Allen Waits (reinstated), Ronald Scott Wilder.
Louisiana: James Abner Barton III (reinstated), Frederic Theodore Le Clercq.
Massachusetts: Susan Fendell (reinstated).
Maryland: Mavanee Anderson (reinstated), Brenda F. Curry (reinstated but deceased), Enoch Perry III (reinstated).
Missouri: David Edward Roland (reinstated).
Mississippi: Andrew Jackson Clark (reinstated), Shameca Shante Collins, Kristin Elaine Gravatt (reinstated), John Brian Hyneman (reinstated), Kimberly K.D. Kitchens, Sandra Dee Marshall, Charles Victor McTeer (reinstated), James D. Mogridge (reinstated), Michael Leander Prewitt, Marvin Reid Stanford, Stanley Frank Stater III, Amanda Nettles Turnage (reinstated), Brandon Lee White, Calvin C. Williams Jr., Lauren Carson Williams.
North Carolina: Tanzania Chevon Cannon-Eckerle, Aaron Edward Carlos (reinstated), Randolph Cartwright Dow, John Michael Kota (reinstated), Jill B. Martin.
New Jersey: John A. Ascione (reinstated).
New York: Mark Anthony Carey, Jonathan Graham Carver (reinstated), Navneet Chahal, Joseph M. Dash, Jamal Johnson (reinstated), Gregory Gen Little, Azura Dea Mason.
Ohio: Marco Gian Bocciarelli, Robert Natole Farinacci.
Oklahoma: Stuart Duane Ericson, Susan Annette Muscari (reinstated).
Pennsylvania: Peter Anthopolos, Joseph Stanley Lukomski.
South Carolina: Angela Terri O’Neal, Ann Kimmel Ritter (reinstated).
Texas: Ronald B. Cosgrove, Janie Garrett, Joseph Mathew Grant (paid fee but remains suspended for CLE noncompliance), Freddie Newell Jackson (suspension vacated following his death), Marisa Katherine McGaughey, Chasity Rachelle Sharp (reinstated).
Utah: Darren Todd Cole, Kip P. Roth.
Virginia: Russell Shay Glass, Hope Elizabeth Goins (paid fee but remains suspended for IOLTA noncompliance), Ronnie Huggins, Michael S. Pineda.
Wisconsin: Kristine Anne Snow (paid fee but surrendered license).
West Virginia: Keisha D. May (reinstated).

Out of Country

Israel: Yehudit Pasternak.
South Korea: Hye Youn Kim, Shin Hye Lee.