The Tennessee Supreme Court has suspended attorney Martin Howie from practicing law in the state.
The Dyersburg lawyer reportedly failed to respond to the Board of Professional Responsibility regarding a complaint of misconduct.
A rule of the Supreme Court provides for the immediate summary suspension of an attorney's license to practice law in cases of an attorney's failure to respond to the board regarding a complaint of misconduct.
The State Gazette received a press release from the Board of Professional Responsibility on Monday, Feb. 14, stating on Feb. 8, Howie is precluded from accepting any new cases and he must cease representing existing clients by March 10, 2011. After which, Howie shall not use any indicia of lawyer, legal assistant, or law clerk nor maintain the presence where the practice of law is conducted.
He must also notify all clients being represented in pending matters, as well as co-counsel and opposing counsel of the Supreme Order suspending his law license.
Howie's suspension will remain in effect until dissolution or modification by the Supreme Court and he may request dissolution or modification of the suspension by submitting a petition.
In October 2009, Howie was suspended by the Supreme Court for the same reason of failing to respond to a complaint of misconduct.