Knoxville attorney Darren Vincent Berg has been temporarily suspended by the Supreme Court of Tennessee on Tuesday, July 25, 2023. The suspension was due to Berg posing a threat of substantial harm to the public.
The case is entitled “In the Matter of Darren Vincent Berg,” and was brought by the Board of Professional Responsibility through Disciplinary Counsel, case no. M2023-01035-SC-BAR-BP.
According to a Mountain Press report, on October 24, 2022, Berg was arrested on charges of aggravated assault and was thereafter released after posting a $5,000 bond.
The Disciplinary Counsel, finding Berg’s continued practice of law posed a threat of substantial harm to the public, sought the temporary suspension of Berg pursuant to Tenn. Sup. Ct. R. 9, § 12.3, which specifically states:
“On petition of Disciplinary Counsel and supported by an affidavit or declaration under penalty of perjury demonstrating facts personally known to affiant showing that an attorney. . . poses a threat of substantial harm to the public, the Court may issue an order with such notice as the Court may prescribe imposing temporary conditions of probation on said attorney or temporarily suspending said attorney or both.”
The filing states:
“The Petition has been authorized by the Chair of the Board of Professional Responsibility and is supported by an Order of Suspension with sworn complaint, an Order to Show Cause, and the Declaration of Irina Bykova, Mr.Berg’s former legal assistant.”
Based on the foregoing facts, the Court entered an Order temporarily suspending Berg from the practice of law.
The Order of Temporary Suspension reads:
“IT IS, THEREFORE, CONSIDERED, ORDERED, ADJUDGED, AND DECREED BY THE COURT THAT:
- Darren Vincent Berg is hereby temporarily suspended from the practice of law as provided in Tenn. Sup. Ct. R. 9, §12.3.
- Darren Vincent Berg shall comply with Tenn. Sup. Ct. R. 9 in all respects and particularly as provided in Tenn. Sup. Ct. R. 9, § 28, regarding the responsibilities of suspended attorneys.
- Darren Vincent Bergmaymake application for dissolution or modification of this Order as provided in Tenn. Sup. Ct. R. 9,§ 12.3.
- The Board of Professional Responsibility shall cause notice of this suspension of Darren Vincent Berg to be published as required by Tenn. Sup. Ct. R. 9, § 28.11.”
Mr. Berg attended the University of Tennessee – College of Law. He has been licensed to practice in Tennessee since 2004, license no. 023505. Berg’s info can be found on the Board of Professional Responsibility page.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.