On Wednesday, November 1, 2023, the Tennessee Supreme Court reinstated Knoxville attorney Keith Lane Edmiston to the active practice of law after he had been placed on disability inactive status in 2017 and received a public censure in 2023.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Keith Lane Edmiston.”

Edmiston was placed on disability inactive status by the high court on December 15, 2017, due to an unspecified disability. He subsequently filed an amended petition for reinstatement on February 27, 2023, asserting the disability had been removed.

In an April 14, 2023 order, the Supreme Court removed Edmiston’s disability status but required him to remain on inactive status pending resolution of outstanding disciplinary complaints before the Board of Professional Responsibility.

One of those complaints involved Edmiston’s representation of three clients. On September 26, 2023, the Board publicly censured Edmiston for violating several rules of professional conduct relating to those cases.

Specifically, the Board found Edmiston failed to appear at a hearing and file an appeal for a client who had paid him $600, accepted a $335 bankruptcy filing fee from another client but did not pay the court or return the fee, and was unable to complete representation for a third bankruptcy client before placing his license on disability status.

As a result of the censure, Edmiston was ordered to make restitution to the first client of $1,725 and to his former law partner of $335 within 90 days.

Following confirmation that all disciplinary complaints against Edmiston had been resolved, the Board submitted an order of reinstatement to the Supreme Court. On November 1, 2023, the high court reinstated Edmiston’s law license, making him immediately eligible to practice law again in Tennessee.

According to avvo.com, Mr. Edmiston is a bankruptcy and debt attorney in Knoxville, Tennessee. He attended the University of Tennessee College of Law, graduating in 1996. He acquired his law license in Tennessee in 1997.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.