On Tuesday, January 30, 2024, Mark Steven Graham, a lawyer licensed to practice in Tennessee, was publicly censured by the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility.
The case is entitled ‘In the Matter of Mark Steven Graham’ with File No.73411-2-ES.
The cited violations pertain to Rules 7.1, 3.4, and 8.4(g) of the Tennessee Rules of Professional Conduct.
The Tennessee Rules of Professional Conduct can be found here.
According to the filing, Graham filed a pro se lawsuit while his law license was suspended. In the pleading, he identified himself as a “lawyer” and “member of the Bar of the State of Tennessee.” He signed the pleading with “Esq.” after his name and included his Board of Professional Responsibility licensure number.
By doing so, the Board found that Graham violated the Rules of Professional Conduct regarding communications about a lawyer’s services, fairness to opposing parties, and failure to comply with a court order.
Graham’s law license was already suspended when he filed the pro se lawsuit in an apparent attempt to represent himself as an active, licensed attorney. His actions misrepresented his status while suspended.
The Board tackled the matter at its December meeting and decided to publicly censure Attorney Graham.
The disposition reads:
“By the aforementioned acts, Mark Steven Graham, is in violation of Rules of Professional Conduct 7.1 (communications concerning a lawyer’s services), 3.4 (fairness to opposing party), and 8.4(g) (failure to comply with court order) and is hereby Publicly Censured for these violations.”
According to Avvo, Attorney Mark Steven Graham is an administrative law attorney based in Knoxville, Tennessee. He attended the University of Tennessee College of Law and acquired his license in Tennessee in 1985.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.