Williamson County’s attorney Jason Scott Mangrum received public criticism from the Tennessee Supreme Court’s Board of Professional Responsibility on July 9.
According to a press release, Mangrum failed to obtain consent from his clients to voluntarily dismiss their lawsuit in a civil proceeding. After the lawsuit was dismissed, Mangrum reportedly made false statements to his clients, falsely claiming that the testimony was planned. Mangrum failed to take appropriate action for its clients throughout the representation.
Mangrum violated the professional rules 1.2 (a) (scope of representation), 1.3 (care), 1.4 (communication) and 8.4 (c) (misconduct) and was publicly reprimanded. Public censure is a reprimand and warning to the attorney, but does not affect the attorney’s ability to practice law.