NASHVILLE — On July 10, 2019, Gerald Todd Eidson, a Tennessee licensed attorney, from Rogersville, was publicly censured by the Supreme Court of Tennessee.
Additionally, Eidson must engage a practice monitor at his own expense and meet with the practice monitor on a monthly basis to review basic office procedures.
Eidson was ordered to pay the costs and expenses of the Board.
The Board of Professional Responsibility filed a Petition for Discipline on May 8, 2018 concerning one complaint of misconduct against the lawyer.
According to a news release from the Board, Eidson was appointed to represent an incarcerated client who had filed a pro se petition for post-conviction relief. Eidson allegedly failed to adequately communicate with his client and did not act diligently. As a result, the pro se petition for post-conviction was dismissed by the trial court. Eidson was able to have the order of dismissal set aside, and the client was appointed new counsel.
Eidson executed a Conditional Guilty Plea acknowledging that his misconduct violated Tennessee Rules of Professional Conduct 1.3 (diligence), 1.4 (communication) and 8.4(a) (misconduct).
A Public Censure is a rebuke and warning to the attorney, but it does not affect the attorney’s ability to practice law, the Board’s news release stated.