On Friday, January 26, 2024, the Supreme Court of Tennessee suspended attorney Wendell Cornelius Dawson from practicing law for three years, with three months active suspension. Dawson’s suspension is conditional on avoiding new misconduct complaints during his suspension and probation periods. He must also complete additional continuing legal education classes, engage a practice monitor, and pay $6,265 in board costs.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Wendell Cornelius Dawson.”

The suspension stems from allegations that Dawson failed to adequately communicate with clients about case status, did not diligently move clients’ cases forward in a timely manner, failed to provide requested evidence to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, and lacked competence in representing clients.

Dawson signed a Conditional Guilty Plea acknowledging his behavior violated Tennessee Rules of Professional Conduct pertaining to competence, diligence, communication with clients, expediting litigation, and misconduct.

As a suspended attorney, Dawson is obligated to notify all current clients involved in pending legal matters, co-counsel, and opposing counsel about the suspension. He must also return any client papers or property. The suspension will remain in place for three years under probationary terms outlined by the Tennessee Supreme Court’s Rule 9 sections 28 and 30 regarding suspended attorneys’ responsibilities.

According to the Board of Professional Responsibility, Mr. Dawson attended the Vanderbilt University – Vanderbilt Law School. He acquired his law license in Tennessee in 1988.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.