Charles Daniel Collins (Hamilton County) - 2 Years and 6 Months -
arose out of two petitions which cumulatively
imposed the 2 1/2 year suspension. There were
11 complaints of neglect and some of these
cases involved misrepresentation by Respondent
to his clients.
John Louis Dolan, Jr (Shelby County) - Two Years -
Respondent was guilty of neglect,
failure to adequately communicate with clients
and abandonment of practice.
Clyde E. Harris, Jr. (Maury County) - Three Years -
Mr. Harris obtained money from his
employer by false representation. He reported
working more hours than he had worked and
received more than $5,000 in additional pay.
Warner Hodges III (Shelby County) - Two Years -
Mr. Hodges' license was originally
suspended on October 1, 2004. Mr. Hodges
continued to practice law in Mississippi after
his 2004 suspension.
William Norman Ligon (Sumner County) - One Year -
Mr. Ligon neglected his clients' legal
matters, failed to communicate with his clients,
acted incompetently, and charged an excessive
Keith R. Peterson (Giles County) - Disbarment -
Mr. Peterson neglected clients' cases, failed
to communicate with his clients and abandoned
Kathy Ann Sittloh (Rutherford County) - Disbarment -
Ms. Sittloh in three situations
stole monies from her clients.
Charles G. Blackard, III (Williamson County) -
Mr. Blackard represented a client in a domestic
relations case. Mr. Blackards client was unable
to communicate with him by telephone and
mail. The client was unable to obtain his file
from Mr. Blackard. In another case, Mr.
Blackard also failed to adequately communicate
with his client. In this case, he was
unprepared at the hearing and failed to
subpoena witnesses requested by the client. He
also failed to respond to four requests by
Disciplinary Counsel for information.
W. Allen Barrett (Davidson County) - In a child
support case, Mr. Barrett failed to return his
client's phone calls and failed to timely file an
order reflecting an increase in child support
until after a complaint was filed with the Board.
Robert L. Booker (California) - Mr. Booker's
law license was suspended by the 9th Circuit,
U.S. Court of Appeals and the State of Utah,
concurrently for a period of 18 months. The 9th
Circuit stated he could apply for reinstatement
upon his reinstatement to practice in any state.
Mr. Booker moved for reinstatement based
upon his admission to practice in Tennessee and
stated he intended to take the July 2006 bar
exam in California. Before the court reinstated
him, he used stationary on which he identified
himself as an "attorney at law" and showed a
California address, without a clarifying
statement that he was admitted to be eligible to
practice only in Tennessee. While suspended,
Mr. Booker also appeared as counsel for an
appellant in the 9th Circuit. Despite the
warning from the clerk of said court that it
would be improper for him to do so, Mr.
Booker still submitted a notice of appearance.
Tony N. Brayton (Shelby County) - Mr. Brayton
failed to properly communicate with a client
and failed to move with reasonable diligence.
As an appellate counsel with the Shelby County
Public Defender's Office, Mr. Brayton
represented a defendant in a first degree murder
case. The Tennessee Supreme Court in
February 2006 upheld the conviction and death
penalty as to his client. Both the client and the
State Post-Conviction Defender expected Mr.Brayton
to file a petition for rehearing with the
Tennessee Supreme Court and a direct petition
for writ of certiorari to the United States
Supreme Court. Mr. Brayton did neither before
the expiration of the ninety day period for
which to file the petition for certiorari and
failed to withdraw before the Tennessee
Supreme Court in sufficient time for the State
Post-Conviction Defender to assume representation
and timely file the petition for certiorari.
The U.S. Supreme Court declined to accept a
late-filed petition for certiorari.
Stuart B. Breakstone (Shelby County) - Mr.
Breakstone was removed as counsel for an exwife/
mother as a result of a conflict of interest
arising from his personal relationship with that
Steven M. Brown (Shelby County) -Mr. Brown's
law license was suspended from the practice of
law for forty-five days beginning on July 28,
2006. During this period, Mr. Brown
improperly prepared, signed and filed an action
in a civil action on behalf of a corporate
defendant, as Vice President of the corporation.
The Board found as a mitigating fact his
cessation of these legal services and his
insistence that the corporation retain separate
counsel in the underlying civil action immediately
after the opposing counsel informed him
that a licensed attorney was required in order to
represent a corporation.
Leroy Cain, Jr. (Davidson County) - Mr. Cain
accepted $13,700 in fees regarding an estate
without first seeking or obtaining court
approval for his fees.
Nan Shelby Calloway (Davidson County) - A
divorce was awarded to Ms. Calloway's client
on grounds of adultery. Ms. Calloway was
guilty of having an affair with that client.
David E. Caywood (Shelby County) - Mr.
Caywood neglected a child support matter in
which he became involved in July 2003 and has
still not finalized. In a second child support
matter, a hearing was begun on July 23, 2004,
but he did not conclude it. He has not tried to
reset the hearing. In a third matter, a divorce
action, Mr. Caywood failed to finalize a
Qualified Domestic Relations Order. In all
three cases, he failed to adequately communicate
with his clients.
Ronald C. Coleman (Shelby County) - Mr.
Coleman collected an excessive attorney's fee
in a lawsuit by a corporation in which his wife
had a substantial ownership interest.
Penny Harrington (Davidson County) -
Respondent filed a complaint with the Metro
Nashville Police Department that was false.
Respondent's response to the complaint filed
with the Board concerning the same matter was
Randall Keith Hatfield (Campbell County) - Mr.
Hatfield was retained on March 9, 2000 to file
a petition for post-conviction relief. The matter
remained pending as of the date of the censure.
The client stated he had not talked to Mr.
Hatfield for 3 1/2 years.
Lewis A. Holt (Washington County) - Mr. Holt
failed to return his clients calls and closed his
office without notice to his client. The client
was unable to obtain file documents from Mr.
Holt. Mr. Holt further failed to refund the fee.
Matthew F. Mayo (Davidson Count) - In a
Juvenile Court matter, Mr. Mayo failed to
obtain service in a matter he filed with the
Court. He also failed to respond to his client's
request for information. In a second divorce
matter, he failed to enter a decree of divorce for
almost three years.
Michael T. Meehan (Washington County) - Mr.
Meehan was appointed to several criminal
cases. He abruptly moved to California and
failed to appear in court on behalf of his clients.
Mr. Meehan was found in contempt of court.
Billy P. Sams (Anderson County) - Mr. Sams told
an inmate of the Knox County detention center
that he could get the inmate transferred to the
Veterans Hospital. Mr. Sams did not get him
transferred and failed to respond to the client's
Raymond A. Shirley, Jr. (Knox County) - In his
representation of a client in an automobile
accident matter, Mr. Shirley failed to respond to
many of his clients' requests for communication,
neglected her case and allowed her
claim to be extinguished by his negligence in
failing to achieve service on the defendant.
John Sholly (Knox County) - Mr. Sholly was
found in contempt for failing to file a brief in a
matter before the Court of Appeals.
Ronald Lee Stone, Sr. (Davidson County) - A
default judgment was entered into against Mr.
Stone's client. He failed to advise his client of
this default judgment.
Linda Sesson Taylor (Madison County) - A nonlicensed
individual on her staff was practicing
law. Ms. Taylor did not know this. She was
censured for failing to adequately supervise her
Melvin J. Werner (Shelby County) - Mr. Werner
failed to pay to the Court of Criminal Appeals
the facsimile filing charge. The Court ordered
him to pay the monies and he did not respond to
the order. The Court found Mr. Werner in
David Pittard Ward (Knox County) - Mr. Ward's
law license was suspended for failing to file a
response to a complaint against him.
Rex E. Leatherwood (Davidson County) - Mr.
Leatherwood's law license was reinstated from
disability inactive status subject to certain conditions,
including a requirement that he pass the
essay portion of the bar exam.
Robert E. Nichols (Knox County) - Mr. Nichols'
law license had been suspended because of his
failure to respond to complaints against him.
He has now responded and, as a result, his
license has been reinstated.