TBA Law Blog


Posted by: Katharine Heriges on May 1, 2019
On April 17, the Supreme Court of Tennessee suspended Williamson County lawyer R. W. Hardison from the practice of law for five years, retroactive to his temporary suspension on August 29, 2017. The Board of Professional Responsibility filed a petition for discipline on November 28, 2017, including three complaints of misconduct. Two of the complaints arose from overdraft notices in Hardison’s trust account.The third complaint resulted from a closing transaction wherein Hardison assisted a client with the refinancing of a commercial loan but failed to pay off one of the lenders in the original loan transaction. Hardison’s trust account balance for the months following the loan transaction remained below the amount that should have been in the account. Hardison refunded his client the unpaid loan amount and cites his negligent oversight of the trust account as the cause for him being unaware of the unpaid loan. Hardison executed a conditional guilty plea acknowledging his misconduct violated the Rules of Professional Conduct.