Sevier County Lawyer Censured

Sevier County lawyer William Lee Wheatley received a public censure from the Board of Professional Responsibility on Monday. The board found that Wheatley failed to communicate with his client or take reasonable steps to ensure that the client’s interests were protected after he was administratively suspended for failure to comply with CLE requirements. The board also found that he did not refund the client any portion of his fee. The board determined that these actions violated Rules of Professional Conduct 1.3, 1.4, 1.5 and 1.16. Download the BPR notice

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