TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Kate Prince on Jan 12, 2021

Shelby County attorney Eric John Montierth today received a public censure from the Board of Professional Responsibility of the Tennessee Supreme Court for failing to timely file an appellate brief in two criminal cases. The court ordered Montierth to file the brief within 10 days and Montierth failed to do so and did not ask for an extension of time. He appeared before the court months later to explain his conduct in both cases and the court accepted the late-filed brief in each case. It was found that Montierth’s conduct resulted in potential harm to his clients and he was issued the censure. A public censure is a rebuke and warning to the attorney, but it does not affect the attorney’s ability to practice law.