ALFRED H. KNIGHT, ET AL. v. TYREE B. HARRIS, IV - Articles

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Posted by: Landry Butler on Jan 11, 2018

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Katherine Anne Brown, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Tyree Bryson Harris, IV.

Attorneys 2:

Robert L. Delaney and James Leroy Weatherly, Jr., Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Willis & Knight, PLC.

Judge(s): ARMSTRONG

This case arises out of the dissolution of a law firm and the resulting accounting. The trial court held that Appellant, who withdrew as a member of the Appellee/Firm, converted a portion of an earned fee by withdrawing the fee directly from the Firm’s trust account. The trial court further held that the conversion was done through concealment so as to warrant an award of punitive damages. Appellant appeals the trial court’s finding of conversion, the award of punitive damages, and its award of various accounts receivable and payables. We reverse the trial court’s award of punitive damages against Appellant and reduce the compensatory damages award.

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