KNOXVILLE, Tenn (WVLT) A Knoxville attorney has been publicly censured by the Tennessee Supreme Court's Board of Professional Responsibility.
According to a news release issued today, the censure of attorney John T. Sholly concerns two complaints.
According to the Board, Sholly neglected a number of his cases, and did not practice basic accounting requirements for attorney trust accounts while in a practice with another attorney.
An attorney trust account is an escrow account for monies an attorney is holding for a client, or for fees and retainers the attorney has not earned yet.
In the second complaint, the BPR says Sholly has still not reimbursed a client $1500.
According to the release, Sholly was representing a client charged with DUI. That client paid Sholly $5000, but then terminated Sholly's employment and filed a claim to get the money back.
A fee dispute committee required Sholly to make the $1500 reimbursement, which they say has not been paid.
A censure was mailed to Sholly on November 29th, and he did not request a hearing.
Sholly was also censured in January of last year for twice failing to file a brief before the Tennessee Court of Appeals in 2005. He was later held in contempt of court and fined $50.
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