On Tuesday, October 17, 2023, Attorney Brett Nathaniel Mayes received a public censure from the Board of Professional Responsibility of the Tennessee Supreme Court.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Brett Nathaniel Mayes.”

According to the Board’s release, Mr. Mayes served on a local planning commission which required him to complete annual “Statement of Interest” forms for ethics disclosure purposes as mandated by the Tennessee Ethics Commission. However, on forms filed in 2021 and 2022, Mr. Mayes falsely stated that he had never declared bankruptcy when public records show he had filed for bankruptcy in 2019.

By completing the forms and indicating he had not filed for bankruptcy, Mr. Mayes signed them under penalty of perjury. The Board found these actions to be in violation of the Tennessee Rule of Professional Conduct 8.4(c), which prohibits conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation.

A Public Censure is an official reprimand and warning issued to an attorney. While a censure does not restrict an attorney’s ability to practice law, it does become part of their public disciplinary record maintained by the Board of Professional Responsibility.

According to Avvo, Mr Mayes is an estate planning attorney in Johnson City, Tennessee. He attended the Wake Forest University – School of Law, graduating in 2011. He acquired his law license in Tennessee in 2013.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.