Board of Professional Responsibility Of The Supreme Court of Tennessee v. Charles Edward Daniel

Board of Professional Responsibility Of The Supreme Court of Tennessee v. Charles Edward Daniel
E2017-01170-SC-R3-BP

This direct appeal arises from a disciplinary proceeding against a Knoxville attorney. A hearing panel (“Hearing Panel”) of the Board of Professional Responsibility (“Board”) found that the attorney had violated Rule 8.4(b) and (c) of the Tennessee Rules of Professional Conduct (“RPC”) by misappropriating funds from his law partnership in a manner intended to conceal his actions from his law partners. The Hearing Panel suspended him from the practice of law for three years but ordered the entire suspension served on probation. We conclude that the Hearing Panel did not abuse its discretion by suspending rather than disbarring the lawyer but did abuse its discretion by probating the entire suspension. Accordingly, we modify the Hearing Panel’s judgment to include one year of active suspension. In all other respects, the Hearing Panel’s judgment is affirmed.

Authoring Judge: 
Justice Cornelia S. Clark
Originating Judge: 
Chancellor Telford G. Forgety, Jr.
Date Filed: 
Friday, June 8, 2018