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Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Oct 16, 2018
On Oct. 15, Bradley County lawyer Douglas Neil Blackwell, II received a Public Censure from the Board of Professional Responsibility of the Tennessee Supreme Court. Blackwell accepted a refundable retainer fee from a client in a conservatorship proceeding without depositing the fee into his client trust account until earned. Blackwell failed to diligently represent his client’s interest and failed to properly communicate with his client. Blackwell failed to include critical documentation with legal pleadings. After he was removed from representation, Blackwell failed to provide his former client with the client file. Blackwell’s fee affidavit was found to be unreasonable and based upon misrepresentations.