On Monday, January 23, 2023, the Supreme Court of Tennessee ruled on the order of the Hearing Panel concerning an action for disciplinary charges filed against Memphis attorney Paul Forrest Craig alleging lack of diligence.

The case titled In Re: Paul Forrest Craig was brought by the Board of Professional Responsibility, case no. M2022-3247-SC-BAR-BP.

According to the Board of Professional Responsibility’s released information,

“Mr. Craig failed to effectuate service of process in a timely manner upon defendants in a civil action, or otherwise advance the case on behalf of his client. Upon receipt of notice from the court that the case would be dismissed unless action was taken, Mr. Craig also failed to file any motion seeking to preserve the case. Finally, Mr. Craig misread the court’s order of dismissal as being “without prejudice” and negligently informed his client that she had one year to refile her complaint.”

Craig thru a Conditional Guilty Plea consented to an imposition of a Public Censure and acknowledged his violations of the Tennessee Rules of Professional Conduct governing diligence, communication with clients, and expediting litigation.

Based on the foregoing facts, the Court finds it appropriate to enter an Order of Enforcement imposing the public censure of Craig.

Moreover, Craig was required to pay expenses and costs to the Board of Professional Responsibility.

As of today, Mr. Paul Forrest Craig is listed as the founding and executive member of the law firm Craig & Lofton, P.A., serving Memphis, Tennessee. He earned his Juris Doctorate from New York Law School, graduating in 1994. Craig had been licensed in Tennessee, license no. 018359. His info can also be found on Avvo.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.