Sunday, July 3, 2011

At-large Councilman Jerry L. Maynard II, License to Practice Law Suspended

At-large Councilman Jerry L. Maynard's has had his law license suspended for 18 months by the Board of Professional Responsibility of the Supreme Court of Tennessee. The suspension is retroactive to the date of a temporary suspension on January 25, 2010. Below is the text of the suspension notice:

BOARD OF PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY
OF THE SUPREME COURT OF TENNESSEE
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10 CADILLAC DRIVE, SUITE 220
BRENTWOOD, TENNESSEE 37027
TELEPHONE: (615) 361-7500
(800) 486-5714
FAX: (615) 367-2480
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RELEASE OF INFORMATION

RE: JERRY L. MAYNARD, II., BPR# 17473
CONTACT: KRISANN HODGES
BOARD OF PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY
615-361-7500
July 1, 2011
NASHVILLE LAWYER SUSPENDED

On June 29, 2011, the Tennessee Supreme Court suspended Jerry L. Maynard, II, of Nashville,
Tennessee, for eighteen (18) months retroactive to January 25, 2010, the date of Mr. Maynard’s temporary suspension from the practice of law.

The Board of Professional Responsibility filed a Petition for Discipline against Mr. Maynard pursuant to Rule 9 of the Rules of the Supreme Court of Tennessee alleging that he was engaging in the unauthorized practice of law. Mr. Maynard was suspended for noncompliance with continuing legal education (“CLE”) on September 1, 2006; however, he continued to work while suspended as General Counsel for a health care provider until 2009.

Mr. Maynard’s actions violate Rules of Professional Conduct 5.5(a), Unauthorized Practice of Law;
8.1(b), Bar Admission and Disciplinary Matters; and 8.4(g), Misconduct.
Maynard 1950-5 rel.doc
The document is not yet available on the web but if anyone would like the pdf version, email me and I will send it to you.

This is not the first time Mr. Maynard has been in trouble with the Board of Professional responsibility. In 2004 he was censored. Below is the text of that action.
BOARD OF PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY
of the SUPREME COURT OF TENNESSEE

RELEASE OF INFORMATION
RE: JERRY L. MAYNARD, II, BPR #17473
CONTACT: SANDY GARRETT
BOARD OF PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY
615-361-7500
August 18, 2004


NASHVILLE ATTORNEY CENSURED
On August 12, 2004, Jerry L. Maynard, II, of Nashville, Tennessee, received from the Board of Professional Responsibility a Public Censure. Maynard was given notice of the censure and did not request a hearing.
The censure arose from Maynard’s filing a notice of hearing date for a client on March 15, 2004 in the Chancery Court for Davidson County, Tennessee. At the time Maynard filed the notice of hearing, Maynard was administratively suspended for Continuing Legal Education noncompliance on November 14, 2001 and administratively suspended for non-payment of fees since September 10, 2001. Maynard’s filing a notice of hearing date while administratively suspended violates Rules 1.16; 3.3; 5.5 and 8.4 of the Tennessee Rules of Professional Conduct.

For these violations, the Board publicly censures Maynard.
SG:mw
Maynard 27173 rel.doc
1101 KERMIT DRIVE, SUITE 730
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE 37217
TELEPHONE: (615) 361-7500
(800) 486-5714
FAX: (615) 367-2480
E-MAIL: ethics@tbpr.org
WILLIAM W. HUNT, III
CHARLES A. HIGH
SANDY GARRETT
JESSE D. JOSEPH
JAMES A. VICK
THERESA M. COSTONIS
DISCIPLINARY COUNSEL
LANCE B. BRACY
CHIEF DISCIPLINARY COUNSEL
LAURA L. CHASTAIN
DEPUTY CHIEF DISCIPLINARY COUNSEL
BEVERLY P. SHARPE
CONSUMER COUNSEL DIRECTOR
To view this document in its original format,follow this link.

On Mr. Maynard's campaign website he brags about his practice of law, and has this to say:
Inspired by Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and the impact an attorney of integrity could have on a community, Maynard chose to enter law school. He earned his Bachelor of Arts and Doctor of Jurisprudence from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana..

Maynard began his legal career at Cincinnati's largest law firm, Dinsmore & Strohl, representing a number of Fortune 500 clients. He represented a variety of industries including banking, real estate, healthcare, construction, commercial lending, and faith-based nonprofit organizations. Next, Maynard joined Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN as the Director of Legal Affairs and Risk Management, serving on the executive leadership team that completed $118 million dollars of capital improvements to the campus. Maynard later joined and became a partner at the law firm Manson, Jones & Associates.

I do not think Mr. Maynard should be using his record as a lawyer as a qualification for office. This pattern of an inability to stay out of trouble withe the Board of Professional Responsibility calls into question Mr. Maynard's fitness to serve on the Metro Council. 

In fairness to Mr. Maynard, I will be contacting him about this issue and will give him a chance to respond and will post his response if he replies.

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