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Licensure & Discipline
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:
Pat Huddleston II, Kennesaw, Ga.
Harry Boyd McNutt, Nashville
Nathan Scott Moore, Mt. Juliet
Tamanna Qureshi, Morocco
The following attorneys were 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, 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:
John Frank Higgins, Nashville
Sondra Denise Keys, Nashville
Linda Narrow McLemore, Essex Junction, Vt.
Kathleen Denise Nichols, Nashville
Mark Murie Petzinger, Memphis
Angela B. Sims, Chattanooga
Eboni T. Wooden, Stone Mountain, Ga.
Murfreesboro lawyer Derek A. Artrip was reinstated to the practice of law on Aug. 16 subject to several conditions. The Supreme Court directed him to comply with Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 9, Section 18; engage a practice monitor; continue group therapy sessions with the Tennessee Lawyers Assistance Program; and pay the costs of the disciplinary proceeding. Artrip was suspended in July for failing to respond to a complaint of misconduct. He petitioned for reinstatement after submitting a response.
The law license of James Edwin Kissel of Buffalo, N.Y., was transferred to disability inactive status on Aug. 27. Kissel may not practice law while on inactive status. He may return to the practice of law after showing by clear and convincing evidence that the disability has been removed and he is fit to resume the practice of law.
The Tennessee Supreme Court placed Williamson County lawyer Charles C. Morrow on disability inactive status Aug. 21. He may not practice law while on inactive status. He may return to the practice of law after showing by clear and convincing evidence that the disability has been removed and he is fit to resume the practice of law.
Orlando, Fla., lawyer Michael Peters was moved to disability inactive status on Aug. 21. He may not practice law while on disability inactive status. He may return to the practice of law after reinstatement by the Tennessee Supreme Court.
Nashville lawyer Karl E. Pulley was publicly censured by the Tennessee Supreme Court Aug. 16 after submitting a conditional guilty plea. The court found that he failed to diligently represent clients, failed to adequately communicate with clients and failed to promptly respond to inquiries from the Board of Professional Responsibility. The court determined that his actions violated Rules of Professional Conduct 1.1, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5(a), 1.16(d), 8.1(b) and 8.4(a) and (d). He also was ordered to pay the cost of the disciplinary proceedings.
Clarksville lawyer Christopher Wayne Barber was summarily and temporarily suspended on Aug. 16 for failing to respond to a complaint of misconduct. The suspension remains in effect until dissolution or modification by the Tennessee Supreme Court.
The Tennessee Supreme Court on Aug. 13 suspended Lake County lawyer Guy Steven Davis for a definite period of one year (retroactive to a temporary suspension imposed on Oct. 10, 2011) and indefinitely until he complies with his Tennessee Lawyers Assistance Program (TLAP) monitoring agreement for at least six months. The court allowed Davis to return to the practice of law in August 2010, but conditioned reinstatement on TLAP compliance. The court recently found that Davis failed to comply with that condition. Its notice reflects that Davis violated Rules of Professional Conduct 3.4, 8.1 and 8.4. The court also ordered him to pay the cost of the disciplinary proceedings.
Memphis lawyer Shelley Rothman-Branning was suspended on Aug. 31 for 11 months and 29 days. Of the time, 60 days are to be spent on active suspension with the remainder spent on probation. The Tennessee Supreme Court found that Rothman-Branning violated the Rules of Professional Conduct 1.15 and 8.4 by agreeing to use previously disbursed and unclaimed funds in her firm’s trust account to pay law firm operating expenses. She voluntarily reported her actions and submitted a conditional guilty plea. She also replaced the funds and disbursed them properly, resulting in no financial loss to third persons. In addition to imposing the suspension, the court ordered her to perform 40 hours of pro bono work.
Memphis lawyer Michael E. Latimore was disbarred by the Tennessee Supreme Court Aug. 31. He also was ordered to pay restitution to six clients and to pay costs to the Board of Professional Responsibility. The court found that Latimore failed to account for settlement proceeds, failed to make timely distribution to a third party, used settlement funds for his personal benefit, failed to communicate with his clients and abandoned his practice. The court determined that his actions violated Rules of Professional Conduct 1.1, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.15, 1.16, 8.1(b) and 8.4(a)(b) and (c).
2012 CLE SUSPENSIONS
The following attorneys were suspended by the Supreme Court on Aug. 31 for failing to comply with Rule 21 of the Rules of the Tennessee Supreme Court, which requires mandatory continuing legal education. Those who have complied with the rules since the orders were issued, and for whom notification of a status change was received from the Board of Professional Responsibility prior to press time, are noted as reinstated. For the most current information visit the TBA website at www.tba.org/info/2012-cle-suspensions.
Brentwood: John Andrew Barney, Jonathan Evan Gower, Roger Wayne Thomas.
Brownsville: Leslie Mark Dyer.
Butler: Christopher Lee Dunn.
Charlotte: Gary Richard Hotvedt.
Chattanooga: Jonathan Frederic Kent (reinstated), Lorrie Dawn Miller, Lisa Marie Pate (reinstated), Matthew Alexander Salada, Jonathan Wayne Vincent Jr.
Collierville: Steven Glen Roberts.
Columbia: William Clark Barnes Jr., R.W. Hardison (reinstated).
Franklin: Jake Preston Evans (reinstated), Van French, Scott Alan Hoover, Kenneth M. Palombo, Charles I. Pearman, Shawn Patrick Sirgo.
Germantown: Michael Geer Alexander, William Arnold Gillon, Marcus Neal Hanna, Earl Frank Johnson, John Livingood Ryan, Tamra Jean Sikkink.
Greeneville: Tony Gene Lee Jr (reinstated).
Hendersonville: Michael Scott Collins, Tonya Hunt Crownover.
Hermitage: James Edward Zwickel.
Jackson: Stephen Christopher Brooks, Albert Russell Larson, Robert Hunter Mullikin, Lawrence E. Nicola.
Jacksonville: Shannon Heather Padgett (reinstated).
Jamestown: Thomas Harding Potter (reinstated).
Jasper: Jesse Walker Dalton III.
Johnson City: Steven Howard Trent.
Kingsport: Jason R. McLellan (reinstated), Everett Hoge Mechem.
Knoxville: Robert Lawson Cheek Jr., Stephen Wayne Gibson (reinstated), Patricia Anne Greer, Sally Jo Helm, Robert Alma Matson, Erin Marie Schad, Raymond Andrew Shirley Jr.
Lenoir City: Chad D. Wilson.
Livingston: Charles Edward Ward.
Madison: Thomas Anthony Travaglini (reinstated).
Memphis: Charles Jeffrey Barnett, Stuart Brian Breakstone, Edward Perry Bronston (reinstated), Randall Kent Brooks, Robert Larry Brown, Rosalind Elizabeth Brown (reinstated), William David Cheek, Ryan Chante Donaldson, Lee Alan Filderman (reinstated), J. Whitten Gurkin (reinstated), Mary Camille Hickerson, David R. Huggins, Darryl Wayne Humphrey, Elbert Jefferson Jr., Thomas H. Lawrence, Donnie Ray McFerren, Andrew Hume Owens (reinstated), John Patrick Sheahan Jr., Mark Randall Smith, Elsie Nicole Trail, Murray Bruce Wells (reinstated).
Morristown: Joseph James Doherty.
Murfreesboro: Michael Douglas Herrin.
Nashville: Reber Mitchell Boult (reinstated), Diana Cachaya, James Alvin Carraway Jr., Larry Braxton Felts Jr. (reinstated), Mark Hazen Floyd (reinstated), Amy Adams Gowan, Hugh C. Howser Jr., Lionel Rickey Joiner, Claire O’Brien King, Nathaniel Harris Koenig, Susan Gail Lindsey, Ivan Omar Lopez, Brian Philip Manookian, Paige Waldrop Mills (reinstated), Linda Rose (reinstated), Jon Peter Seaborg, Aundreas W. Smith (reinstated), Katherine Ann Southworth, Leslie Carol Stillman, Robert Alan Waterman.
Rogersville: John Stephen Anderson, Renfro Blackburn Baird III (reinstated).
Seymour: Gregory Elias Bennett.
Sparta: Cindy H. Morgan (reinstated).
Wartburg: Andrew Nathan Hall (reinstated)
Alabama: Kenneth Ricky Alvis, Alison Gail McCall, Bethany T. Watkins Moore, Traci Owen Vella.
Connecticut: Timothy M. Davis.
Florida: George Zachary Goldberg, Bruce Irwin Griffey, Charles Powell Jackson III, Laura Hope Richards, William T. Willis.
Georgia: Jason Michael Massie, Richard Carlton McWilliams Jr. (reinstated), Arthur Conley Walton, Thomas Darrell Weldon Jr.
Hawaii: Donald Gregory McKinney.
Indiana: Mark Andrew Bogdanowicz.
Kentucky: James Richard Golden, David Vance Oakes.
Louisiana: Adam Benjamin Beckman.
Maryland: Teresa Annette Scott.
Michigan: Corey James Stringer, Demosthenes Anistasios Lorandos.
Missouri: Eldwin Ashford Nichols.
Mississippi: Mark Ivey Burton, Frank John Dantone Jr. (reinstated), Katherine Virginia Kemp.
New York: Jonathan Russell Born, Lynne Elizabeth Johnston.
North Carolina: Sir Ashley James Harrison, Jerry Dell Holmes Jr., Mark Anthony Montgomery.
Ohio: Almeta Elise Cooper, Matthew Charles O’Connell.
South Carolina: Dennis Eugene Parkhill, Randolph Tyler Stone.
Texas: James W. Hewitt Jr., Angela Jenise Williams.
Utah: Bret Philip Bryce.
Virginia: Jennifer Leah Kroan, William Shawn McDaniel, Robert Charles West.
England: Alyse Dwyer Masserano.
Saudi Arabia: Homer Moore.
South Korea: Min Ho Kim, Seo Young Kim, Yoo Hyun Koh (reinstated), Hyun Jin Lee.
Compiled by Stacey Shrader from information provided by the Board of Professional Responsibility of the Tennessee Supreme Court. Licensure and disciplinary notices are included in this publication as a member service. The official record of an attorney’s status is maintained by the board. Current information about a particular attorney may be found on the board’s website at www.tbpr.org/consumers/attorneysearch.