Loudon lawyer censured by state board 


A censure serves as a rebuke and warning for an attorney but does not affect an attorney’s ability to practice law.
“Obviously, this office is tasked with investigating complaints against an attorney,” Sandy Garrett, chief disciplinary counsel for the BPR, said. “So we investigated complaints and decided a censure was the appropriate measure.”
Henry was censured in January 2016 for violating rules of competence, diligence, communication and expediting litigation when he “failed to take reasonable steps to move the case forward,” after being hired in a tort lawsuit for damages.
He was also censured in April 2010 for violating rules for diligence, communication, declining and terminating representation and failure to comply with disciplinary requests when he was he was hired by two clients for a lawsuit against a subdivision developer but “after he was informed by an expert that the damages in the case were minimal, he did not want to pursue the case. He ceased communicating with his two clients” and “failed to comply with the board’s repeated requests for additional information.”
“Obviously, it is important,” Garrett said. “If you look … our annual report, which is on our website, will show that diligence and failure to communicate unfortunately is the No. 1 reason that folks file complaints.”
Past censures are taken into consideration when considering discipline for those practicing law, Garrett said, and the most recent censure will be taken into consideration if there are further complaints against Henry.
Henry did not return requests for comment.