Licensure & Discipline

DISABILITY INACTIVE

The law license of Davidson County lawyer Carla L. Arevalo was transferred to disability inactive status on Nov. 21, 2018, pursuant to Section 27.4 of Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 9. Arevalo cannot practice law while on inactive status and may not return to the practice of law until reinstated by showing by clear and convincing evidence that the disability has been removed and she is fit to resume the practice of law. On Jan. 11, 2018, Arevalo was temporarily suspended by the Tennessee Supreme Court and that suspension remains in place.
The Tennessee Supreme Court transferred the law license of Michael Donald Treacy to disability inactive status on Dec. 3, 2018. Treacy may not practice law while on inactive status. He may petition the court for reinstatement when he can show by clear and convincing evidence that the disability has been removed and he is fit to resume the practice of law.

REINSTATED

Davidson county lawyer Allyn Rubright Gibson was reinstated to the practice of law effective Nov. 19, 2018. The Tennessee Supreme Court noted that Gibson had been placed on inactive status in October 2013 but filed a petition for reinstatement in November. The Board of Professional Responsibility stated that the petition was satisfactory and met the requirements of Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 9. The court issued the order on Dec. 3, 2018.

Oxford, Mississippi, lawyer Mason S. Montgomery was reinstated to the practice of law in Tennessee on Nov. 8, 2018. He had been placed on inactive status in May 2012. Montgomery filed a petition seeking reinstatement. The Board of Professional Responsibility reported that the petition was satisfactory and he had met all requirements for reinstatement. The court’s reinstatement order was filed on Nov. 19, 2018.

Juliane D. Morris of Jackson, Mississippi, was reinstated to the practice of law in Tennessee on Oct. 22, 2018. She had been placed on inactive status in June 2012. Morris petitioned the court for reinstatement. The Board of Professional Responsibility reported that the petition was satisfactory and that she had met all requirements for reinstatement. The court’s reinstatement order was filed on Nov. 16, 2018.

DISCIPLINARY

Disbarred
The Tennessee Supreme Court on Dec. 3, disbarred Aschalew Guadie Nigussie of Decatur, Georgia, from the practice of law in Tennessee and ordered him to pay restitution to one client as a condition of reinstatement. The court found that Nigussie had accepted fees from two clients but performed little, if any, work on their behalf. He also ceased communicating with the clients and did not respond to a petition for discipline or an order for default judgment entered against him. These actions were determined to violate Rules of Professional Conduct 1.3, 1.4, 1.5(f), 1.16 (d), 8.1 (b) and 8.4 (a) and (d).

Suspended
The Tennessee Supreme Court on Nov. 21, 2018, entered an order denying the request of Davidson County lawyer Brian Phillip Manookian for dissolution of his temporary suspension. Manookian was temporarily suspended from the practice of law on Sept. 21, 2018, after the court found that he posed a threat of substantial harm to the public. On Sept. 28, 2018, Manookian filed a petition to dissolve his suspension. Following hearings on Oct. 11 and 19, 2018, a panel of the Board of Professional Responsibility recommended that the petition be denied. The Supreme Court agreed. In addition, the court lifted a stay it had earlier imposed on the 30-day deadline to stop representing existing clients. Manookian was to cease representation of existing clients within 10 days. The suspension will remain in effect until dissolution or modification by the court.

Administrative Suspensions
Notice of attorneys suspended for, and reinstated from, administrative violations — including failure to pay the Board of Professional Responsibility licensing and inactive fees, file the required IOLTA report, comply with continuing legal education requirements, and pay the Tennessee professional privilege tax – is on the TBA website at www.tba.org/directory-listing/administrative-suspension-lists.

Compiled by Stacey Shrader Joslin from information provided by the Board of Professional Responsibility of the Tennessee Supreme Court. Licensure and disciplinary notices are included in this publication as a member service. The official record of an attorney’s status is maintained by the board. Current information about a particular attorney may be found on the board’s website at www.tbpr.org/for-the-public/online-attorney-directory.
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