Local lawyer John Wolfe censured for settling a lawsuit without a client's permission

Local lawyer John Wolfe censured for settling a lawsuit without a client's permission

October 23rd, 2012 by Todd South in Local - Breaking News

John Wolfe

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The Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility has censured local attorney John M. Wolfe Jr. for violating professional conduct rules.

According to a board release Wolfe settled a civil lawsuit without his client's permission then paid the client $500. He said the money was payment from the defendant.

Wolfe entered into an order of dismissal but didn't give his client a copy for more than a year and never informed the client that the case had been settled.

The board cited rules of misconduct, communication and representation in their censure.

The censure is a warning and does not affect Wolfe's ability to practice law, according to the release.