Knoxville attorney censured

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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  • by M J MCLLUM Location: Knoxville on Oct 1, 2008 at 04:15 PM
    Half-star! Scale: Low = 0 star High = 10 stars
  • by Hugo Location: Knoxville on Jul 11, 2008 at 11:06 AM
    AUTUM-please please contact me (hugo28@ymail.com). I am in your shoes, now. I desperately need your advice! Thousand thanks. Wanted to know: (i)where did you go for to file a complaint? Board of Professional Responsibility in Knoxville? (ii)Tennesee Lawyer Discipline system? (iii)Anything that relates to the situation? Please please help me!! Please please CONTACT ME!!
  • by Hugo Location: Knoxville, on Jul 10, 2008 at 03:47 PM
    Everybody out there PLEASE AND PLEASE LISTEN TO AUTUMN !!!!! She was right! Autum if you get this information, please contact me. We can discuss more. (hugo28@yhoo.com) I hated myself for not seeing your message earlier.
  • by Rob former client Location: Knoxville on Mar 7, 2008 at 06:22 PM
    John T Sholly is a great attorney and person! I have seen him in an office with my own eyes. He, in no way even resembles a scam artist! I feel the only thing he is guilty of is having a huge heart and being too trusting. He is an excellent attorney, and should the need arise I would hire him to represent me again! People should realize that any professional, attorney, physician, accountant etc. must depend on superior office staff to assist them in daily operations of their business. As previously stated, Mr. Sholly provided me with excellent representation and I would not hesitate to hire him if need be! If a client does not pay their attorney, why would any client expect that attorney to spend their personal funds to pay filing fees, do paperwork and so forth. There are always two sides to every story! So, please don't assume things about Mr. Sholly unless you speak to him personally! He is an excellent attorney and a fine, upstanding, extremely kind individual! I support him 100%
  • by Autumn Location: knoxville on Mar 2, 2008 at 02:26 PM
    John T Sholly took total and complete advantage of my husband and myself. In 3 years we have never seen an office he always wanted to meet in a parking lot. Everytime we met him I felt like I was doing something wrong. I have filed a complaint on Mr. Sholly and I pray that something is done of this scam artist. he will take your money and do nothing in return.
  • by Daniel Location: Knoxville on Feb 8, 2008 at 03:07 PM
    Do you have or can you help me get a current address on This censured attorney John T. Shelly? Appreciatively yours: Dan

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