On Wednesday, November 1, 2023, The Supreme Court of Tennessee issued an order temporarily suspending Nashville lawyer Robert Redman Laser III from the practice of law. The order comes in response to Mr. Laser’s failure to respond to a misconduct complaint before the Board of Professional Responsibility (BOPR).
The case is entitled “In the Matter of Robert Redman Laser, III,” with case no. M2023-01523-SC-BAR-BP.
According to the court order and a release of information from the BOPR, Mr. Laser did not respond to the Board concerning a complaint that had been filed against him. BPR Rule 9 Section 12.3 allows for the immediate temporary suspension of an attorney’s license if they do not respond to such a complaint.
In its order, the Supreme Court found that Mr. Laser had failed to respond to the BOPR and subsequently suspended his law license until further action by the Court. The order precludes Mr. Laser from accepting new clients as of November 1st and requires him to cease representing existing clients by December 1st. After that date, he may not engage in any law-related work or maintain an office for the practice of law.
In addition, the order mandates that Mr. Laser notify all current clients of the suspension and provide any client papers or property. He must also inform the co-counsel and opposing counsel on open cases. Mr. Laser will have to follow suspension procedures outlined in Rule 9 regarding obligations and reinstatement eligibility.
The Disposition states:
“IT IS THEREFORE, CONSIDERED, ORDERED, ADJUDGED, AND DECREED BY THE COURT THAT: 1. Robert Redman Laser, III, is hereby temporarily suspended from the practice of law as provided in Tenn. Sup. Ct. R. 9, 12.3,”
According to avvo.com, Mr. Laser III is a criminal defense attorney in Nashville, Tennessee. He attended the Columbia University School of Law. He acquired his law license in Tennessee in 2012.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.