On January 3, 2024, the Supreme Court of Tennessee issued an Order of Enforcement suspending attorney Kevin William Teets, Jr. from the practice of law.

The case is entitled “In Re: Kevin William Teets, Jr.,” with case no. M2023-01810-SC-BAR-BP.

The charges cited Tennessee Rules of Professional Conduct 1.1, , 1.3,  1.4, 1.5(a), 1.16(a)(1) , 5.5(a),  7.1(a), 8.1(b), 8.4(c), 8.4(d), and 8.4(g).

The order stems from nine disciplinary matters investigated by the Board of Professional Responsibility regarding ethical violations committed by Teets. According to a release from the Board, Teets failed to provide competent and diligent representation to clients, adequately communicate with them, and charge unreasonable fees. He also withdrew from cases without protecting client interests and engaged in the unauthorized practice of law.

The Board found that Teets violated numerous Tennessee Rules of Professional Conduct governing competence, diligence, fees, client communication, improper termination of representation, and unauthorized practice. He also failed to comply with orders from the regulatory body during its investigation of the complaints against him.

As outlined in the Supreme Court’s order, Teets will be actively suspended for 15 months and spend the remaining 33 months on probation. His probation is conditioned on continuing treatment through the Tennessee Lawyers Assistance Program, securing legal employment under a practice monitor, and developing a restitution plan to pay $55,157.50 to eight victims over the probationary period.

The Enforcement Order adopts the judgment from Teets’ disciplinary hearing in June 2023. He must comply with the requirements for suspended attorneys and the procedure for seeking license reinstatement. Additionally, Teets was ordered to pay $5,089 in expenses to the Board within 90 days.

According to Avvo.com, Mr. Kevin William Teets, Jr. is a civil rights attorney in Nashville, Tennessee. He attended Drake University Law School. He acquired his law license in Tennessee in 2011.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.