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Local attorney's law license suspended

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

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.

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what about when he wont return your calls and he is paid in full then what do we do/?

-- Posted by 4points girl on Wed, Feb 16, 2011, at 11:43 AM

4points girl, sue him in small claims court. should be an easy win.

-- Posted by swampfox on Wed, Feb 16, 2011, at 12:42 PM

no other lawyer will touch guess its a lawyer code or something..its for a divorce paid in full . been waiting on him a year .cant get anyone to help...

-- Posted by 4points girl on Wed, Feb 16, 2011, at 2:07 PM

Used to work in restuarant where he was a mainstay in the bar on a nightly basis.Just sayin'.

-- Posted by BroJams on Wed, Feb 16, 2011, at 11:47 PM

he has serious health problems that hamper his ability to be the effective attorney he needs to be. his health contributes to his excessive visits to the bars (not the tn bar association).

when he gets his personal health & other problems solved, he has the ability to be a great attorney. marty, i wish you well & a speedy recovery!

-- Posted by closerlook on Thu, Feb 17, 2011, at 9:23 AM

I am not going to go an an attack this man personally because we don't know all the facts. I am sick of all the gossip and slander/libel that seems prevalent in Dyersburg attacking people by name.

However, I want to speak about the legal system in general without mentioning any names. The system is milking people dry. Often people are forced to hire attorneys and pay thousands in fees they don't have to begin with and then have attorneys not return calls or if you do speak to one for thirty seconds, you get billed a ton of money for them to give you a one word response. Lawsuits take years these days with cases being dragged out. What is even more ridiculous is often before court happens, the attorneys try and reach a settlement or you get in court and learn basically because they have already spoken to a judge the decision had been made in advance.

-- Posted by personwithvoice on Thu, Feb 17, 2011, at 9:49 AM

well he has my 900.00 dollars and im still married,cause he wont do his job

-- Posted by 4points girl on Thu, Feb 17, 2011, at 3:01 PM

He'll just cross the bridge and practice law......

-- Posted by DMASE on Thu, Feb 17, 2011, at 7:02 PM

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