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Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Oct 17, 2018
On Oct. 17, the Tennessee Supreme Court suspended Sevier County lawyer Elizabeth Catherine Velasquez from the practice of law for five years with three years served as an active suspension and the remainder on probation. A petition for discipline was filed against Velasquez on Jan. 29, containing one complaint of ethical misconduct. A hearing panel determined that she failed to communicate and diligently represent her client. Velasquez abandoned the client’s case. She did not respond to the petition for discipline and an order for default judgment was entered against her. Velasquez must pay restitution to a former client and contact the Tennessee Lawyer’s Assistance Program as a condition of reinstatement to the practice of law. During probation, she must engage a practice monitor, and she must pay the Board of Professional Responsibility’s costs and expenses and court costs within 90 days.