The Board of Professional Responsibility of the Tennessee Supreme Court publicly censured Davidson County lawyer Dana L. Nero on January 8, 2024, for failing to comply with a court order regarding her temporary suspension.
The case is entitled “In the Matter of Dana L. Nero.”
The charges cited Tennessee Rules of Professional Conduct 3.4(c) and 8.4(g) which states:
Fairness to opposing counsel.
Knowingly failing to comply with a court order.
According to the Board, Ms. Nero was temporarily suspended from practicing law on October 7, 2022. At that time, she was representing a client in Davidson County Criminal Court.
Per Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 9, Section 28, attorneys who are suspended must notify any current clients of the suspension by registered or certified mail within 10 days of the suspension order. The rule also requires suspended attorneys to deliver all client papers and property to which clients are entitled. However, Ms. Nero did not notify her client of the October suspension by the deadline. She also failed to provide her client with any materials as required under the court rules.
As a result of failing to adhere to Rule 9, Section 28’s notification and delivery requirements regarding her October suspension, the Board determined Ms. Nero violated the Rules of Professional Conduct which addresses fairness to opposing counsel, and the rule which prohibits knowingly failing to comply with a court order.
According to avvo.com, Ms. Nero is a criminal defense attorney in Nashville, Tennessee. She acquired her law license in Tennessee in 2006.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.