On Thursday, September 28, 2023, the Supreme Court of South Carolina suspended attorney Tara Dawn Shurling. The specific misconduct leading to the suspension was not provided in the filing.
The case is entitled “In the Matter of Tara Dawn Shurling” with case nos. 2023-0001523 and 2023-001524.
The Office of Disciplinary Counsel requested the court to place Ms. Shurling on interim suspension according to Rule 17(b) and Rule 17(c) of the Rules for Lawyer Disciplinary Enforcement. Additionally, the petition sought the appointment of a Receiver to safeguard the interests of Ms. Shurling’s clients.
As a result of this order, Ms. Shurling’s license to practice law in South Carolina has been suspended until further notice from the court. The court has also appointed Peyre T. Lumpkin to take charge of Ms. Shurling’s client files and various law office accounts, including trust accounts, escrow accounts, and operating accounts.
This order further serves as an injunction to prevent Ms. Shurling from making withdrawals from her accounts and notifying financial institutions and the United States Postal Service of Mr. Lumpkin’s appointment, granting him the authority to manage her mail and accounts.
According to Avvo, Ms. Shurling is a criminal defense attorney in Columbia, South Carolina. She attended the University of South Carolina School of Law, graduating in 1979. She acquired her law license in Massachusetts in 1979.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.