Kingsport attorney forever disbarred, sentenced for theft | WJHL
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WJHL) — A Kingsport lawyer who was indicted on felony costs has been banned from practicing law in Tennessee.
The Tennessee Supreme Courtroom permanently disbarred legal professional Jason Ray McLellan effective Wednesday. According to the court’s Board of Professional Obligation, McLellan consented to his disbarment for the reason that he could not properly defend the accusations made from him.
A Sullivan County grand jury indicted McLellan in December on felony costs of economic exploitation of an elderly or susceptible individual and theft of residence, in accordance to court documents. The indictments accuse him of monetarily exploiting a 78-12 months-aged girl by “making various monetary transactions to himself totaling $341,193.23” from an estate devoid of the helpful consent of the estate’s agent.
The two fees are Course A felonies.
Court files present that McLellan was arraigned and pleaded not guilty in January.
He appeared in Decide Davis’ courtroom Thursday, July 7, the place he pleaded responsible and was sentenced to 16 several years in prison.
The Board of Experienced Duty outlined various accusations in opposition to McLellan in an announcement Wednesday.
“In the pending disciplinary issues, Mr. McLellan misappropriated estate money in the representation of a client and attempted to conceal the misappropriation, made misrepresentations to a court, engaged in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, and misrepresentation, unsuccessful to abide by a client’s decision with regards to the dismissal of a pending lawsuit, failed to reasonably consult with a client about the indicates by which the client’s targets were to be attained, and failed to obtain the client’s informed consent in advance of having action. He also failed to keep shopper facts confidential, unsuccessful to withdraw right after a conflict of curiosity created, authorized a third individual to direct his qualified judgement, unsuccessful to comply with his ethical prerequisites on discharge from illustration, and unsuccessful to comply with the demands of a suspended legal professional. Eventually he unsuccessful to comply with court docket orders, and unsuccessful to answer to disciplinary grievances.”
Board of Professional Accountability of the Tennessee Supreme Courtroom
In addition to remaining disbarred, McLellan was requested to reimburse the Tennessee Attorneys Fund for Client Protection for any funds paid out to claimants “for losses induced by just one or additional of Mr. McLellan’s ethical violations.”