Disciplinary Actions

Reinstated

The following attorneys have been reinstated to the practice of law after complying with Supreme Court Rule 21, which requires mandatory continuing legal education: John Wilburn Castleman Jr., Waynesboro; Lauren M. Howe, Germantown; Keltie Hays Peay, Southern Pines, N.C.; and Stephen Brian Whiting, North Little Rock, Ark.

The following attorneys have been reinstated to the practice of law after complying with Section 20 of Supreme Court Rule 9, which requires the payment of annual registration fees to the Board of Professional Responsibility: Keisha D. May, Spencer, W.Va., and Samuel Alexander Reed, Nashville.

Memphis lawyer Brian Wade Lynn was reinstated to the practice of law on Aug. 5 by the Tennessee Supreme Court. He had assumed voluntarily inactive status in 2002.

Tennessee licensed attorney Brenner Lackey McDonald was reinstated to the practice of law on Aug. 15. McDonald had assumed voluntarily inactive status in 1997.

David S. Eichholz of Savannah, Ga., was reinstated to the practice of law on Aug. 31 after complying with Section 20 of Supreme Court Rule 9, which requires the payment of annual registration fees to the Board of Professional Responsibility, and Supreme Court Rule 43, which requires certification that a lawyer’s funds are held in an account participating in the Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts (IOLTA) program.

Suspended

On Aug. 5, Shelby County lawyer William T. Winchester was suspended for two years and directed to pay $3,413.16 to cover the cost of his disciplinary proceeding. The court determined that Winchester neglected clients’ cases, failed to communicate with clients, failed to diligently represent clients and abandoned his law practice. His actions were determined to violate Rules of Professional Conduct 1.3, 1.4, 1.16, 3.2 and 8.4.

On Aug. 15, the Tennessee Supreme Court suspended Memphis lawyer Michael E. Lattimore for three years and ordered him to pay $5,139.94 in restitution to four clients. He also was directed to pay $2,982 in costs associated with his disciplinary proceeding. The court found that Lattimore failed to adequately communicate with clients, failed to inform clients that he had been temporarily suspended, failed to distribute settlement proceeds, did not maintain settlement proceeds in a trust account, and used settlement proceeds for his own benefit. These actions were determined to violate Rules of Professional Conduct 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.15(c), 1.16, 3.2, 8.1(b) and 8.4(a)(b)(c).

On Aug.15, Chattanooga lawyer Jeffrey A. Stinnett was suspended for two years, with six months to be served on active suspension and the remaining 18 months to be served on probation. The Supreme Court suspended Stinnett for failing to inform clients that he was temporarily suspended, for continuing to practice law and accept fees during his temporary suspension, for appearing before the Juvenile Court of Hamilton County during his temporary suspension, and for not refunding legal fees despite being unable to perform work on the cases. In addition to imposing the suspension, the court ordered Stinnett to engage a practice monitor during the probationary period, work with the Tennessee Lawyers Assistance Program, pay $2,682.50 in restitution to two former clients, and pay $295 to cover the costs of his disciplinary proceeding. His actions were determined to violate Rules of Professional Conduct 1.3, 1.4, 1.16(d), 3.2, 3.4(c), 5.5(a) and 8.4(c)(d).

Shelby County lawyer David J. Johnson was summarily and temporarily suspended from the practice of law on Aug. 19 after the Tennessee Supreme Court found that he posed a threat of substantial harm to the public. The suspension remains in effect until dissolution or modification by the court.

Disbarred

Davidson County lawyer Bobby Dean Davis was disbarred from the practice of law on Aug. 9 for misappropriating funds, making false statements and failing to respond to the Board of Professional Responsibility. The court determined that these actions violated Rules of Professional Conduct 1.3, 1.4, 1.7, 1.15, 4.1, 8.1(b) and 8.4. In addition to imposing the disbarment, the Supreme Court ordered him to pay the costs of his disciplinary proceeding.

On Aug 15, the Tennessee Supreme Court disbarred Knox County attorney Robert L. McReynolds and ordered that he pay $4,000 in restitution to three former clients and pay $1,013 to cover the costs of his disciplinary proceeding. The court found that McReynolds violated disciplinary rules by neglecting client matters, failing to communicate with clients and failing to respond to the Board of Professional Responsibility, and that these actions violated Rules of Professional Conduct 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.16 and 8.1(b).

Suspension for Failure to Pay 2011 Annual Fee and File 2011 IOLTA Report

On Aug. 22, the Supreme Court of Tennessee suspended the following attorneys for failure to pay the 2011 annual fee and submit the 2011 Mandatory IOLTA Compliance Statement, which certifies that all eligible client funds are held in an IOLTA account, to the Board of Professional Responsibility. Attorneys who complied with the requirements by press time are noted as reinstated.

Tennessee

Alamo: Shannon Allen Jones
Athens: Relus K. Fleming, Larry Bea Nolen
Brentwood: Gregory Lewis Kelly (reinstated, relocated to Franklin)
Bristol: David Garrett Mullins
Chattanooga: Stuart Fawcett James (reinstated), Jonathan Wayne Vincent Jr. (reinstated), Michael Gregory Williams
Clarksville: Michael R. Haggard, Kari M. Morton, Hugh Reid Poland III (reinstated)
Cleveland: Howard Michael Kennedy Jr. (reinstated)
Collierville: Trudi Kaye Zaplac
Cookeville: John Edgar Acuff
Cordova: Bradley Aaron Teplitsky
Cottontown: Rebecca Ann Bell-Houchin
Covington: Francis Michael Deslauriers (reinstated)
Dickson: James Winfrey Sowell (reinstated)
Ducktown: Laura Michelle Crawford (reinstated)
Gainesboro: Robert Lee Johnson
Germantown: Christopher Lee Brown (reinstated), Jesse Frank Randle Jr.
Harriman: Spence Roberts Bruner (reinstated)
Jackson: Gayden Drew IV
Johnson City: Jack D. Hodges
Kingsport: Thomas Martin Browder Jr. (reinstated)
Knoxville: Johnathan Kenneth Borsodi, James Mikel Dixon, Harvey Louis Goodman, Patricia Anne Greer (reinstated), M. Josiah Hoover III, Jessica Jaiann Johnson, Robert Carter Joyner, Thomas Michael Leveille (reinstated), John Calvin Patterson, Willie Leroy Robinson Jr. (reinstated), Thomas Alan Snapp
Maryville: Richard J. Rice
Memphis: Vera Alexander Jr., Michael Joseph Baloga (reinstated), Lashundra Latrice Davis-Culpepper (reinstated), Jacob Edward Erwin (reinstated), Mary Faith Floyd, Judy Anthony Heiter (reinstated), James Fraser Humphreys Jr. (reinstated but assumed inactive status), Marti Lee Kaufman, Carson L. Owen, Larry Michael Sargent, Karen Wilson Tyler, Roane Waring Jr. (reinstated but assumed inactive status)
Millington: Mark Edward Davidson (reinstated but assumed inactive status), Vicki Lynn Green (reinstated)
Murfreesboro: Benjamin Douglas Groce, Michael Douglas Herrin (reinstated)
Nashville: William Dalton Castleman, Catherine Burrus Castleman, John Greely Corry, Ronald Jamar Dowdy, Leo P. Haffey Jr., William Caldwell Hancock (reinstated), James Anthony Hewitt, Eleanor L. Hyde, Anton Lorenzo Jackson (reinstated), Sky Steven Jones, Irvin Hugh Kilcrease Jr., Noah Clarence McPike (reinstated), Carole Cleveland Peterson, Deborah Jean Travis-Bennett
Oak Ridge: Samuel Franklin Lain
Rutledge: Agnes Sipple Trujillo (reinstated)
Springfield: Robert Ray Galbreath


Out of State/Out of Country

Alabama: Steven Michael Hodgen
Arkansas: Dannell Lynn Patrick, Mark Murie Petzinger
California: Harold Henry Davis Jr.
District of Columbia: Vinita Maria Ollapally, Ralph Christian Voltmer Jr.
Florida: Patricia Renae Dills, Shay Beth Winebarger
Georgia: Nancy Anne Burnett (reinstated), Joshua David Rand
Kentucky: Joshua Frederick Aylor, Joseph C. Benton, Michael Bernard Brown, Kelly Randolph Nuckols
Louisiana: Christine Prats Brasher
Minnesota: Harry James Gwinnell, Todd Niles Sheldon
Missouri: Hunt Sevier Brown (reinstated)
Mississippi: Jason E. Graeber (reinstated), John Curtis Hall II, Amanda Nettles Turnage
North Carolina: James Benjamin Earthman, Jerry Dell Holmes Jr. (reinstated), Cheryl L. McClary, Kathryn Carter Spann
New Jersey: Michael Edward Heston
Oregon: Mark Steven Gorski
Pennsylvania: Hassell Allan Bailey
Texas: Richard Hugh Branson, Marsha Cope Huie, Alexander Wymond Laird, Susan Thomas Morton, Tom Emerson Smith
Virginia: John M. Martin Jr.
South Korea: Youn Wha Baek (reinstated)
United Kingdom: Stephen Clark Neff
Vietnam: Do Thi Thu Phuong