TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Jan 20, 2021

Nashville lawyer Lawrence Buford Hammet II received a public censure from the Tennessee Supreme Court today. The court found that Hammet withdrew disputed funds from his client trust account and paid himself a fee that exceeded the amount his client allegedly agreed on. The client filed a civil suit against Hammet that was appealed after trial. The appeals court found that Hammet failed to keep the disputed funds in his trust account until the dispute was resolved and that he improperly calculated his fees which were unreasonable. The appeals court awarded judgment to the client in the amount of $67,335.69 and remanded the case to the trial court for a determination of pre-judgment interest. The trial court subsequently awarded pre-judgment interest of $22,092.10. As a condition of the censure, Hammet must satisfy the judgments against him on or before Jan. 19, 2021. His actions were determined to violated Rule of Professional Conduct 1.5 and 1.15(e).