TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Aug 18, 2014

The Tennessee Supreme Court today reinstated a 60-day suspension for Memphis attorney R. Sadler Bailey that had been recommended by the Board of Professional Responsibility (BPR). The BPR had found that while representing a plaintiff in a medical malpractice case, Bailey “became upset,” engaged in “vehement arguments” with opposing attorneys, objected 12 times during the defense’s opening statement and repeatedly criticized the judge. Because of this “contentious conduct,” a mistrial was declared. Bailey appealed the suspension to the Shelby County Chancery Court, which agreed rules had been violated but found that a 60-day suspension was not warranted. The BPR appealed to the Supreme Court, which concluded that the 60-day suspension was consistent with other cases involving similar violations. Read the court's press release, download the BPR notice or download the opinion.