R. SADLER BAILEY v. BOARD OF PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY - Articles

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Posted by: Brittany Sims on Aug 18, 2014

Court: TN Supreme Court

Attorneys 1:

Krisann Hodges, Brentwood, Tennessee, for the appellant, the Board of Professional Responsibility.

Attorneys 2:

Donald Capparella and Tyler Chance Yarbro, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellee, R. Sadler Bailey.

Judge(s): CLARK

The Board of Professional Responsibility instituted a lawyer disciplinary proceeding against an attorney based on complaints it received from a judge and opposing counsel regarding the attorney’s disruptive behavior during trial proceedings. A hearing panel found that the attorney had violated several Rules of Professional Conduct and suspended him from the practice of law for sixty days. On appeal, the Chancery Court for Shelby County affirmed the hearing panel’s finding that the attorney had violated several ethical rules but reversed the suspension, instead recommending a public censure. The Board of Professional Responsibility appealed to this Court. We reverse the Chancery Court’s reduction of discipline and reinstate the hearing panel’s imposition of a sixty-day suspension.

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