TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Jul 12, 2019
Shelby County lawyer Edwin Charles Lee Lenow today received a public censure from the Board of Professional Responsibility of the Tennessee Supreme Court. Lenow represented a client in a contested divorce proceeding. A special master was appointed to oversee a hearing to equitably divide marital assets and liabilities. Lenow’s client brought a letter to the hearing which was purported to be from the plan administrator of pension funds within the marital estate. Lenow’s client referenced the letter during her testimony but the letter was not introduced into evidence. After the hearing but before the special master filed her findings and recommendations, opposing counsel told Lenow that his client forged the letter. Lenow was not provided with any evidence to support this allegation. He did not address this issue with his client or take any steps to assess the validity of opposing counsel’s accusation. Instead, he contacted the special master, ex parte, and advised that the letter had been forged.