TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Jun 9, 2021

The Tennessee Supreme Court yesterday suspended Davidson County lawyer Karl Emmanuel Pulley from the practice of law for one year, with 30 days to be served on active suspension and the remainder on probation so long as he engages a practice monitor. The court took the action based on four complaints. Pulley executed a conditional guilty plea acknowledging he failed to reasonably communicate with clients regarding their cases; failed to act in a diligent manner and expedite clients’ litigation; failed to timely respond to discovery requests; charged a non-refundable fee without the client executing a written fee agreement; accepted client referrals from a non-registered intermediary organization; and failed to take reasonable steps to protect a client’s interest after terminating representation. Pulley’s actions violated Rules of Professional Conduct 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 3.4(d), 1.16, 7.6 and 8.4(a).