On Thursday, June 22, 2023, the Supreme Court of Tennessee at Nashville transferred attorney Paul William Duty to disability inactive status. The case is entitled “In the Matter of Paul William Duty,” with case no. M2023-00897-SC-BAR-BP.

In a press release, the court has determined that Mr. Duty is prohibited from practicing law while on disability inactive status and must adhere to the obligations and responsibilities outlined in Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 9, Section 28.

Under this status, Mr. Duty is temporarily suspended from practicing law until reinstated by the Tennessee Supreme Court. To regain his ability to practice, he must demonstrate that his disability has been resolved in accordance with Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 9, Section 27.7.

Upon due consideration of documentation from Mr. Duty and his medical provider, the court concludes that Paul William Duty is currently incapacitated from continuing the practice of law.

The Disposition states:


1. The law license of Paul William Duty shall be transferred to disability inactive status for an indefinite period of time and until further order of the Supreme Court.

2. Mr. Duty shall comply with Tenn. Sup. Ct. R. 9 in all respects and particularly as provided in Tenn. Sup. Ct. R. 9, § 28, regarding the responsibilities of attorneys transferred to disability inactive status.

3. Mr. Duty shall be allowed to petition for reinstatement to active status pursuant to Tenn. Sup. Ct. R. 9, § 27.7.

4. The Board shall publish notice of this transfer pursuant to Tenn. Sup. Ct. R. 9, §§ 27.5 and 28.11.

5. Pursuant to Tenn. Sup. Ct. R. 9, § 32.4, documents other than this Order relating to Mr. Duty’s disability proceeding shall not be public records and shall be kept confidential.”

Ms. Duty practices in Brentwood, Tennessee. He is licensed in Tennessee. His info can be found on avvo.com.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.