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Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on May 16, 2014

The Tennessee Supreme Court disbarred Knox County lawyer Robert Lawson Cheek Jr. on May 15 after finding that he neglected his cases, failed to communicate with his clients and failed to respond to the Board of Professional Responsibility about a petition for discipline and notice of a final disciplinary hearing. Specifically, the court found that Cheek settled a lawsuit without the knowledge and consent of a client, forged the client’s name on the settlement check and misappropriated the funds. In another case, he withheld money from a settlement to pay subrogation claims, but paid only a portion and misappropriated the remainder. The court also ordered Cheek to pay restitution to his former clients as a condition of reinstatement. View the BPR notice.