TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Brittany Sims on Jan 23, 2014

Katherine Evett Smith received a public censure on Jan. 22 for improperly using her trust account as an operating account for more than one year. On three occasions, Smith commingled client settlement funds with the lawyer’s funds. In another matter, after receiving client settlement funds, Smith issued payment to a client’s medical provider by cashier’s checks. The medical provider did not receive the cashier’s checks and notified Smith in writing four times. Five months later, Smith issued new cashier’s checks to the provider. As such, Smith failed to promptly deliver funds to a third party, which the third party was entitled to receive. In another matter, Smith failed to file a final judgment on a petition for custody for five months and failed to respond to requests for information from her client. Download the BPR notice.