TBA Law Blog


Posted by: BPR Reports on Apr 1, 2017

Journal Issue Date: Apr 2017

Journal Name: April 2017 - Vol. 53, No. 4

Disability Inactive
The Tennessee Supreme Court ordered the law license of Nashville lawyer Jason Nahon transferred to disability inactive status on Feb. 28. The order was pursuant to Section 27.3 of Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 9.

Hamilton County attorney Randall Lee Nelson was transferred to disability inactive status on Feb. 17. Pursuant to Rule 9, Section 27.3, Nelson may not practice law until the showing of clear and convincing evidence to the Tennessee Supreme Court that the disability has been removed, and he is fit to resume the practice of law.

The law license of Virgil Duane Parker was transferred to disability inactive status by the Board of Professional Responsibility on Feb. 23, pursuant to Section 27.3 of Rule 9. Parker cannot practice law while on disability inactive status until he has shown clear evidence that the disability has been removed.

DISCIPLINARY

Suspended
Nashville lawyer Kevin William Teets Jr. was temporarily suspended from the practice of law on March 3 by the Board of Professional Responsibility. Teets was found to have misappropriated funds, for which Section 12.3 of Rule 9 provides that he be immediately suspended. He must cease representing clients by April 2 and may not accept any new cases. Teets is ordered to notify all clients being represented in pending matters, and more deliver clients any papers or property to which they are entitled.

Disbarred
Robert Lawson Cheek Jr.
was disbarred on Feb. 10 by the Board of Professional Responsibility, after he was found in violation of the Rules of Professional Conduct 1.1, 1.3, 1.4, 1.15, 8.1 and 8.4. In 2010, 2011 and 2012, Cheek had power of attorney for all of a client’s business, financial, health and personal matters, and during that time he systematically withdrew approximately $53,500 from her retirement accounts without her knowledge. Cheek also set up a reverse mortgage in her name in the amount of almost $60,000 without her knowledge. Cheek was previously disbarred on May 15, 2014, and Aug. 12, 2015, in unrelated cases.

Sullivan County attorney Don W. Cooper was disbarred Feb. 23 by the Board of Professional Responsibility. The action is effective immediately. The board found that Cooper misappropriated funds while serving as co-executor, administrator and/or trustee in three separate estates and trusts. He was found in violation of the Rules of Professional Conduct 1.15(a) and (d); 8.1(b); and 8.4(a), (b), (c) and (d). Cooper must pay restitution totaling $952,759.37.