Former Memphis attorney William T. Winchester was disbarred from practicing law in a May 21 order of enforcement ruling by the Tennessee Supreme Court.
Winchester is also ordered to pay restitution to five former clients. Since Aug. 5, 2011, Winchester has been serving a two-year suspension from the practice of law in another case of misconduct.
On Dec. 3, 2010, Winchester was suspended for failure to pay professional privilege tax. On Aug. 31, 2011, Winchester was suspended for failing to comply with continuing legal education requirements. He has yet to be reinstated from these suspensions.
The Board of Professional Responsibility filed a Petition for Discipline on Feb. 25, 2010 against Winchester based upon 10 complaints of ethical misconduct alleging lack of diligence, lack of communication, incompetent representation, misrepresentations to clients, misrepresentations made to other lawyers, and misrepresentations made to the Board.
Winchester also abandoned his law practice. A hearing panel determined that he should be disbarred for his misconduct. Winchester's appeal of the hearing panel judgment to the Chancery Court for Shelby County was dismissed.
Winchester's ethical misconduct violates Rules of Professional Conduct on diligence, communication, fees, safekeeping property, declining and terminating representation, bar admission and disciplinary matters, and misconduct.
Mr. Winchester must comply in all respects with the requirements and obligations of disbarred attorneys as set forth in Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 9, Sections 18 and 19. He may not resume the practice of law until reinstated by further order of this Court.
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