TBA Law Blog


Posted by: BPR Reports on Jan 1, 2018

Journal Issue Date: Jan 2018

Journal Name: January 2018 - Vol. 54, No. 1

Administrative Suspensions Online

Notice of attorneys suspended for, and reinstated from, administrative violations — including failure to pay the Board of Professional Responsibility fee, file the IOLTA report, comply with continuing legal education requirements and pay the Tennessee professional privilege tax — is now available exclusively on the TBA website.

Visit https://www.tba.org/directory-listing/administrative-suspension-lists to see administrative suspensions imposed since 2006.

Disability Inactive

The law license of Davidson County lawyer Anthony Adgent was transferred to disability inactive status on Dec. 7, 2017, pursuant to Section 27.3 of Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 9. Adgent cannot practice law while on disability inactive status.  He may return to the practice of law after reinstatement by the Tennessee Supreme Court upon showing clear and convincing evidence that the disability has been removed, and he is fit to resume the practice of law.

On Nov. 17, 2017, the law license of Davidson County lawyer David Dwayne Harris was transferred to disability inactive status for an indefinite period. The court referred the matter to a hearing panel for a formal hearing to determine Harris’s capacity to continue to practice law and to respond to or defend against disciplinary complaints. He may return to the practice of law after reinstatement by the Tennessee Supreme Court upon showing of clear and convincing evidence that the disability has been removed and he is fit to resume the practice of law.

The law license of Knox County lawyer James Joseph Montague Jr. was transferred to disability inactive status on Dec. 1, 2017, pursuant to Section 27.3 of Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 9. Montague cannot practice law while on disability inactive status. He may return to the practice of law after reinstatement by the Tennessee Supreme Court upon showing clear and convincing evidence that the disability has been removed and he is fit to resume the practice of law.

The law license of Gibson County lawyer Sadia Sexton Staton was transferred to disability inactive status on Dec. 1, 2017, pursuant to Section 27.3 of Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 9. Staton cannot practice law while on disability inactive status. She may return to the practice of law after reinstatement by the Tennessee Supreme Court upon showing clear and convincing evidence that the disability has been removed and she is fit to resume the practice of law.

DISCIPLINARY

Reinstated

On Nov. 21, 2017, the Tennessee Supreme Court reinstated Knox County lawyer Joseph Brent Nolan to the practice of law. Nolan had been suspended by the Supreme Court of Tennessee for one year on Nov. 26, 2014, for six months on June 26, 2015, and for one year on June 17, 2016. Nolan filed a petition for reinstatement to the practice of law pursuant to Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 9, Section 30.4. A hearing panel found that Nolan complied with the terms and conditions of his suspensions, and further found that he had demonstrated the moral qualifications, competency and learning in the law required for the practice of law.

Suspended

On Nov. 17, 2017, the Supreme Court of Tennessee suspended McMinn County lawyer Larry D. Cantrell until further orders of the court, pursuant to Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 9, Section 22.3. Cantrell was suspended based upon his criminal conviction for theft of property. He was previously suspended on Feb. 7, 2017, and was never reinstated from that suspension.

On Nov. 20, 2017,the Tennessee Supreme Court temporarily suspended Dickson County lawyer Jackie Lynn Garton for misappropriating funds and posing a threat of substantial harm to the public. Garton may not accept any new cases and was to cease representing current clients before Dec. 20, 2017. The suspension remains in effect until modification by the Supreme Court.

Sevier County attorney Elizabeth Catherine Velasquez was suspended by order of the Tennessee Supreme Court on Nov. 3, 2017. Section 12.3 of Supreme Court Rule 9 provides for the immediate summary suspension of an attorney’s license to practice law in cases of an attorney’s failure to respond to the Board regarding a complaint of misconduct. Velasquez was to cease representing existing clients by Dec. 3, 2017, and may not accept any new clients.

Disbarred

Davidson County attorney and former Nashville Metro Councilman Loniel Greene Jr. was disbarred on Nov. 15 by Order of the Tennessee Supreme Court. During recorded telephone conversations with his cousin, who was arrested for domestic assault, Greene agreed to testify falsely at his cousin’s bond source hearing, during which he said he would claim that he was the source of the money used for his cousin’s bond when it was in fact that of his cousin. During those recorded telephone conversations, Greene also discussed with his cousin plans to attempt to coerce the prosecuting witness from testifying against the cousin.

On Nov. 15, 2017, the Supreme Court of Tennessee disbarred Montgomery County lawyer Fletcher Whaley Long from the practice of law and ordered payment of restitution to four former clients for engaging in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit and misrepresentation. Long was previously disbarred by order of enforcement entered Sept. 14, 2015. Long accepted fees from clients but didn’t provide services he was hired to do. In two cases, he failed to disclose his indictment for embezzlement when he was hired by a client.
 


Compiled by Katharine Heriges 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.