On Monday, February 26, 2024, the Supreme Court of Tennessee suspended Hamilton County lawyer Kent Thomas Jones from the practice of law for 90 days.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Kent Thomas Jones,” with case no. M2024-00237-SC-BAR-BP.

The charges cited Tennessee Rules of Professional Conduct 1.3, 1.15, 4.4, 8.4(a), and 8.4(d).

According to a release of information from the Board of Professional Responsibility of the Supreme Court of Tennessee, Jones sent threatening and derogatory emails to his client and opposing counsel in two separate matters. He also failed to properly maintain his client’s funds in a trust account and did not satisfy a lien obligation in a timely manner, causing actual harm to his client.

The Hearing Panel found that Jones violated the Tennessee Rules of Professional Conduct regarding diligence, safekeeping of property and funds, respect for the rights of third parties, violating the Rules of Professional Conduct, and conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice.

The Supreme Court of Tennessee issued an Order of Enforcement approving the Hearing Panel’s decision to suspend Jones. The order requires Jones to comply with the obligations and responsibilities of suspended attorneys and the procedure for reinstatement. He is also required to pay $4,301 in costs and expenses to the Board of Professional Responsibility and court costs to the Clerk of the Supreme Court within 90 days.

The Disposition states:

“IT IS, THEREFORE, CONSIDERED, ORDERED, ADJUDGED, AND DECREED BY THE COURT THAT: (1) Kent Thomas Jones is suspended from the practice of law for ninety (90) days.”

According to avvo.com, Mr. Jones is a criminal defense attorney in Cleveland, Tennessee. He attended the George Washington University National Law Center, graduating in 1991. He acquired his law license in Tennessee in 1999.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.