TBA Law Blog


Posted by: BPR Reports on Nov 1, 2016

Journal Issue Date: Nov 2016

Journal Name: November 2016 - Vol. 52, No. 11

REINSTATED

Davidson County lawyer James D. R. Roberts was reinstated to the practice of law on Sept. 20 after the Tennessee Supreme Court found that he had fulfilled the requirements for reinstatement. Roberts had been suspended on March 18 for six months.

DISABILITY INACTIVE

The law license of Knox County lawyer John Alfred McReynolds Jr. was transferred to disability inactive status on Sept. 28. McReynolds may not practice law while on inactive status. He may petition the Tennessee Supreme Court for reinstatement by showing by clear and convincing evidence that the disability has been removed and he is fit to resume the practice of law.

DISCIPLINARY

Censured
Sumner County lawyer Jon David Rogers was censured by the Tennessee Supreme Court on Sept. 29. In exchange for the censure, Rogers agreed to engage a practice monitor for 12 months and pay restitution to his former client. The court took the action after finding that Rogers failed to respond to discovery, resulting in his client being held in contempt of court and being ordered to pay the attorney fees of opposing counsel. The court also found that he failed to promptly return his client’s file after he was terminated by the client. His actions were determined to violate Rules of Professional Conduct 1.3, 1.16, 3.2 and 8.4. 

Suspended
The Tennessee Supreme Court suspended Sumner County lawyer Andy Lamar Allman from the practice of law on Sept. 9 after finding that he failed to respond to a complaint filed with the Board of Professional Responsibility and misappropriated funds. Because of these actions, the court determined that he posed a threat of substantial harm to the public. The suspension takes effect immediately and will remain in effect until modified or dissolved by the court.

The Tennessee Supreme Court suspended Montgomery County lawyer Carrie Leigh Gasaway from the practice of law until further order based on her guilty plea and conviction for felony theft over $10,000 in violation of Tenn. Code Ann. Section 39-14-103. The court referred the matter to the Board of Professional Responsibility for a determination of the final discipline to be imposed. The suspension took effect Sept. 16.

Campbell County lawyer Timothy Paul Webb was suspended Sept. 26 for five years, retroactive to Dec. 15, 2015. Webb is to serve two of the years on active suspension and the remainder on probation. As conditions of probation, he must engage a practice monitor, undergo an evaluation by Tennessee Lawyers Assistance Program (TLAP), enter into a monitoring agreement if deemed appropriate by TLAP, and incur no new complaints resulting in disciplinary action. The petition for discipline filed against Webb included 12 complaints including lack of diligence in handling client matters, failure to communicate with clients, failure to properly terminate relationships with clients, misrepresentations to clients and failure to maintain client funds in his trust account. Webb has made restitution to his clients. The court found his actions violated Rules of Professional Conduct 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.15, 1.16, 3.2, 3.4 and 8.4.


Compiled by Stacey Shrader Joslin from information provided by the Board of Professional Responsibility of the Tennessee Supreme Court. Licensure and disciplinary notices are included in this publication as a member service. The official record of an attorney’s status is maintained by the board. Current information about a particular attorney may be found on the board’s website at www.tbpr.org/consumers/attorneysearch.