On Tuesday, October 10, 2023, Attorney Terry Matthew Basista received a public censure from the Disciplinary District II of the Board of Professional Responsibility of the Supreme Court of Tennessee for violating the Rules of Professional Conduct.

The case is titled ‘In the Matter of Terry Matthew Basista’ with case no.63922-2-MB.

The violations that were cited are in relation to Rules 1.3, 1.4, and 3.2 of the Rules of Professional Conduct.

The Tennessee Rules of Professional Conduct can be found here.

The specific incident involved Attorney Basista’s failure to file an order for child support for over two years, after he won the award for his client,  leading to the case being closed.

After consideration of the alleged misconduct, the Board found him in violation of the Rules of Professional Conduct related to diligence, communication, and expediting litigation. As a result, Attorney Basista is publicly censured for these violations.

The disposition reads:

“By these acts, Mr. Basista has violated Rules of Professional Conduct 1.3 (diligence), 1.4 (communication), and 3.2 (expediting litigation), and is hereby Publicly Censured for these violations.”

According to Avvo.com, Attorney Terry Matthew Basista is a business attorney in Jacksboro, Tennessee. He attended the University of Tennessee College of Law and acquired his license to practice in the state in 1974.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.