TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Brittany Sims on Dec 12, 2013

Michael Scott Collins of Sumner County was suspended from the practice of law on Dec. 10 for receiving a $27,500 retainer fee to represent a client in a post-divorce criminal contempt proceeding and failing to deposit the retainer into his trust account. Collins also failed to provide agreed upon legal services to his clients, failed to communicate timely with his clients regarding the status of their respective cases and misled his clients regarding the status and progress of their respective cases. The Board of Professional Responsibility found the retainer fees were unreasonable. In addition, the board specifically found Collins charged the client $10,000 to become a member of his “professional family” and that said charge was unrelated to any legal services and constituted an improper and unreasonable fee. View or download the BPR notice.