Memphis Lawyer Suspended

Memphis lawyer Shelley Rothman-Branning was suspended on Aug. 31 for 11 months and 29 days. Of that 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 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 the suspension, the court ordered her to perform 40 hours of pro bono work. Download the BPR release

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