TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Jan 20, 2021

Hamilton County lawyer Wilfred Shawn Clelland received a public censure from the Tennessee Supreme Court today. In 2017, Clelland settled a client’s personal injury claim and received settlement funds, but the proceeds were subject to outstanding medical bills and/or liens. The court found that Clelland performed little, if any, work in negotiating the liens for over three years, and (1) failed to provide updates to the client, (2) held settlement funds in his IOLTA account for three years, and (3) provided false or misleading statements to his client. These actions violated the following Rules of Professional Conduct: 1.3, 1.4 (a)(3), 1.15 and 8.4.