Court Affirms Disbarment of Memphis Lawyer

In a unanimous opinion released last Friday, the Tennessee Supreme Court affirmed the disbarment of Memphis attorney George E. Skouteris Jr. for violating multiple rules of professional conduct. The court found that in handling six personal injury lawsuits between 2007 and 2011, Skouteris failed to safeguard clients’ funds in his trust account after settling their cases. The decision upholds a determination made by a Board of Professional Responsibility hearing panel as well as the Shelby County Chancery Court. In an opinion authored by Justice Sharon G. Lee, the Supreme Court found that the disbarment was not arbitrary, was supported by the evidence, and that any procedural errors were of no consequence due to the extent and severity of the misconduct.