The Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility has censured local attorney John M. Wolfe Jr. for violating professional conduct rules.
According to a board release Wolfe settled a civil lawsuit without his client’s permission then paid the client $500. He said the money was payment from the defendant.
Wolfe entered into an order of dismissal but didn’t give his client a copy for more than a year and never informed the client that the case had been settled.
The board cited rules of misconduct, communication and representation in their censure.
The censure is a warning and does not affect Wolfe’s ability to practice law, according to the release.
Todd South covers courts, poverty, technology, military and veterans for the Times Free Press. He has worked at the paper since 2008 and previously covered crime and safety in Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia. Todd’s hometown is Dodge City, Kan. He served five years in the U.S. Marine Corps and deployed to Iraq before returning to school for his journalism degree from the University of Georgia. Todd previously worked at the Anniston (Ala.) Star. Contact ...