On Wednesday, February 28, 2024, the Tennessee Supreme Court suspended Johnson County attorney Perry Lee Stout from practicing law after he pleaded guilty to felony charges of criminal conspiracy to possess controlled substances and money laundering.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Perry Lee Stout.”

The Supreme Court took action against Stout in accordance with Tennessee Rule 9, Section 22.3, which allows for interim suspension of an attorney who is convicted of a serious crime. Stout will remain suspended until further order from the high court.

As a result of his felony guilty pleas, the Board of Professional Responsibility will now initiate formal disciplinary proceedings against Stout to determine the final punishment for his misconduct. Under Rule 9, crimes involving illegal drugs or laundering money qualify as “serious crimes” that can merit discipline against an attorney’s law license.

Stout must comply with suspension rules, including notifying current clients of his status, returning client materials and files, and withdrawing from ongoing cases. The Board of Professional Responsibility will oversee any disciplinary hearings for Stout and make a recommendation to the Supreme Court on final discipline.

According to avvo.com, Mr. Perry L. Stout is an attorney in Mountain City, Tennessee. He attended the University of Memphis – Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. He acquired his law license in Tennessee in 2004.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.