County Attorney censured
The County Attorney for Polk County, James Franklin Logan, Jr., has received a Public Censure from the Board of Professional Responsibility of the Tennessee Supreme Court.
The County Attorney for Polk County, James Franklin Logan, Jr., has received a Public Censure from the Board of Professional Responsibility of the Tennessee Supreme Court. Logan was cited for violating three rules of professional conduct including confidentiality, conflict of interest, and prohibited transactions.
According to a release from the Board of Professional responsibility, Logan, on behalf of a Limited Partnership in which he and his client were principals, attempted to foreclose on his client’s residence to recover monies owed to the Partnership. In doing so, Logan violated rules 1.7 (conflict of interest) and 1.8 (conflict of interest, prohibited transactions) because his actions were adverse to the interests of his client. Additionally, Logan violated rule 1.6 (confidentiality) by discussing his client’s finances with his client’s ex-wife with his client’s consent.
The Public Censure stems from allegations made during the bankruptcy of Mark Anderson, who hired Logan to help him manage lottery winnings. The Public Centure says that after Logan was retained to assist his client in managing lottery winnings and forming a limited partnership with the client for that purpose, the client depleted the principal from the investment account into which the winnings were deposited. Thereafter, Logan took action that was adverse to his client.
The Board of Professional Responsibility considered the complaint against Logan on September 13, 2013; the Public Censure was issued October 16, 2013.
A Public Censure is a rebuke and warning to the attorney, but does not affect the attorney’s ability to practice law.
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