On Friday, May 19, 2023, the Supreme Court of Tennessee ordered the suspension of Spring Hill attorney James Michael Marshall in relation to the disciplinary charges alleging Marshall of lack of diligence and engaging in an inappropriate relationship with a client.

The case is styled “In Re: James Michael Marshall,” with case no. M2023-00663-SC-BAR-BP.

The charges cited Rules of Professional Conduct 1.3 (diligence), 1.4 (communication), 1.7 (conflict of interest), and 1.16 (declining or termination representation).

The Tennessee Rules of Professional Conduct can be found on the Tennessee State Courts page.

According to court documents, the disciplinary charges involve two separate complaints. In the first matter, Marshall was accused of failing to diligently pursue his client’s interest by failing to properly prepare and file an Order reflecting the court’s decision, resulting in contempt charges against the said client. Marshall was also accused of neglecting to address an Order of Protection and informing the client about cohabitation ramifications. It was further alleged that Marshall failed to fully advise the client that dismissing their divorce complaint would not affect the pending counter-complaint filed by their spouse. Additionally, he delayed his withdrawal as the attorney of record. In the second matter, Marshall was alleged of engaging in an inappropriate relationship with the client, leading to a conflict of interest.

Marshall, through a Conditional Guilty Plea filed on January 26, 2023, admitted his misconduct. The Hearing Panel entered an order recommending approval of Marshall’s conditional guilty plea, which the Board of Professional Responsibility approved on March 10, 2023.

Accordingly, the Court upon consideration of the entire records, finds it appropriate to enter an Order of Enforcement suspending Marshall from the practice of law for one year.

The Order of Enforcement reads in part:

“IT IS, THEREFORE, CONSIDERED, ORDERED, ADJUDGED, AND DECREED BY THE COURT THAT:

(1) Mr. Marshall is suspended, pursuant to Tenn. Sup. Ct. R. 9, §§ 12.2, for one
(1) year. In addition, Mr. Marshall shall contact Tennessee Lawyers Assistance Program (TLAP) within thirty (30) days of the entry of this Order of Enforcement and comply with the terms and conditions of any monitoring agreement recommended by TLAP.”

Mr. James Michael Marshall earned a law degree from the Nashville School of Law. He is an attorney at law and a mediator at the law firm, Tull & Marshall, PLLC located in Spring Hill. Marshall has been admitted to practice in the State of Tennessee since 1997. His info can be found on LinkedIn.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.