WC lawyer suspended
Posted: Wednesday, August 8, 2012 5:10 pm
The Tennessee Supreme Court has suspended the law license of Weakley County attorney Kyle Eric Crowe for a period of three years — with no active period of suspension and all time served on probation subject to a series of conditions.
The conditions include restitution to his trust account and distribution to appropriate clients, prohibition against engaging in solo practice or having access to client funds and an extension of his Tennessee Lawyer’s Assistance Program Monitoring Agreement for a total of five years.
Should Crowe fail to comply with the terms of his probation, his probation would be revoked and he would serve his three-year suspension, according to the Board of Professional Responsibility of the Supreme Court of Tennessee.
The Board of Professional Responsibility filed a petition for discipline against Crowe pursuant to Rule 9, Section 8.2. A hearing panel found Crowe and his non-attorney spouse misappropriated funds from his trust accounts and Crowe failed to reconcile and properly disburse trust funds. His alleged actions violated the Rules of Professional Conduct regarding safekeeping funds, responsibilities regarding non-lawyer assets, disciplinary matters, fees and misconduct.
Crowe was ordered to pay the expenses and costs of the disciplinary proceedings against him pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 9, Section 24.3 and fully comply in all respects with the requirements and obligations of suspended attorneys as set forth in Supreme Court Rule 9, Section 18.
Published in The Messenger 8.8.12