TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Jul 16, 2019
Putnam County lawyer Elizabeth Ann Shipley today received a public censure from the Board of Professional Responsibility of the Tennessee Supreme Court. In the first disciplinary complaint, Shipley was tardy in the payment of restitution to a former client, which had been a condition of an earlier public censure. The second disciplinary complaint arose out of an overdraft on Shipley’s trust account.  On Oct. 22, 2018, Shipley received $500 from clients in connection with a custody case. She initially deposited the funds into escrow, but later transferred them to her operating account. On Dec. 3, 2018, she instructed her assistant to forward the funds to the Court Clerk’s Office but failed to specify that the funds were no longer in escrow. Shipley’s assistant issued a check to the Court Clerk’s Office on the trust account, resulting in the overdraft.