On Friday, January 26, 2024, the Board of Professional Responsibility of the Supreme Court of Tennessee publicly censured attorney Jerry B. Jackson for violations of various Rules of Professional Conduct in two separate client matters.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Jerry B. Jackson,” with case nos. 71577c-4-ES, 74022-4-ES.

The charges cited Tennessee Rules of Professional Conduct Rule 1.3, 1.4, 1.6, 3.4, and 8.4(d). 

In one case, Mr. Jackson represented a client seeking to modify a parenting plan. A court had set a deadline for filing an amended plan, but Mr. Jackson failed to provide a draft to his client for approval until the day before the deadline. When the client did not sign off, Mr. Jackson took no steps to request more time from the court. He then missed the next scheduled hearing. Mr. Jackson filed a motion to withdraw, noting the client did not cooperate, but the Board found he did not act with diligence or properly communicate with his client.

In another matter, Mr. Jackson neglected to respond to a summary judgment motion on behalf of his client. The Board determined he also failed to adequately explain the implications of the motion to his client. Through these actions, the Board concluded Mr. Jackson violated Tennessee rules regarding diligence, communication with clients, maintaining confidentiality, fairness to opposing parties, and not prejudicing the administration of justice. As a result, he received a public censure.

The Disposition states:

“By the aforementioned acts, Jerry B. Jackson, is in violation of Rules of Professional Conduct 1.3 (diligence), 1.4 (communication), 1.6 (confidentiality of information), 3.4 (fairness to opposing party and counsel) and 8.4(d) (prejudice to the administration of justice) and is hereby Publicly Censured for these violations.”

According to the court filing, Mr. Jackson is an attorney licensed in Tennessee.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.