TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Katharine Heriges on May 9, 2018
On May 8, Scott Eric Crawford, of Collierville, was disbarred from the practice of law by order of the Tennessee Supreme Court, effective May 18. As a condition of reinstatement, he must make restitution to one client. Crawford represented his client in a fire loss dispute with an insurance company. A hearing panel found that Crawford forged his client’s signature on the insurance payment checks, failed to deposit them into his trust account as required, failed to adequately communicate with his client, failed to maintain adequate records and to account for the distribution of funds, and failed to remit his client’s portion in a timely manner. In addition, Crawford was found to have concealed the payment of a portion of his fees by the insurance carrier when he was not entitled to any fees, and misappropriated an amount he claimed he was holding in escrow for the client’s payment of contractor expenses.