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Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Jul 25, 2019
Williamson County lawyer Tiffany Marcilynne Johns on Wednesday received a public censure from the Board of Professional Responsibility. Johns was hired to defend a client on a petition for contempt. The petition alleged that Johns’ client had sent text messages to a neighbor in violation of an order of protection. Prior to any evidentiary hearing on the matter, Johns recommended that her client settle the matter by paying the neighbor’s alleged lost wages and attorney fees, without any proof of the wages provided, in a total amount “up to $5,000.” Johns and opposing counsel believed an agreement had been reached on these terms, but over the next two weeks, Johns’ client sent her two text messages and an email indicating she did not believe the matter had been settled. Opposing counsel then provided a draft order for Johns’ approval which stated that her client would pay the neighbor $5,500. Johns told opposing counsel to sign her name to the order without providing a copy of it to her client for review.