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As a member of the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility, I am prohibited from the representation of clients in any legal matters.  This also prohibits me from providing pro bono legal representation to those who really need help but cannot afford to pay an attorney.  I really miss that part of practicing law.


Languages spoken: English, Spanish, French

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  1. Ethics: 100%
    8 years

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Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility

10 Cadillac Drive.
Suite 220
Brentwood, TN, 37027-5078


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Approved Mentor CertificationTennessee Supreme Court2014
Speaker Training CertificateTennessee CLE Commission2014
Pro Bono AwardMemphis Area Legal Services2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Disciplinary CounselTN Board of Professional Responsibility2009 - Present
Principal AttorneyThe Balkwill Law Firm2004 - 2008
Associate AttorneyCordts & Gulley, PLLC2000 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
Tennessee Bar Association, Unauthorized Practice of Law CommitteeBoard Member/Committee Chair2008 - Present
Tennessee CASAPast President/Board Member2010 - 2016
Memphis Bar Association, Access to Justice CommitteeBoard Member/Committee Chair2004 - 2008
Memphis CASAVolunteer/Board Member2004 - 2008
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Estate of Zerah Fisher v. Howard RogersVerdict for Defendant at Trial. Affirmed on Appeal.
Sparkman v. BorenVerdict for Plaintiff
Walter Ray Culp v. Board of Professional ResponsibilityReinstatement Denied. Affirmed by Supreme Court.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Smart City MemphisFree Legal Help in Memphis2008
The Tennessee Volunteer AttorneyMemphis Saturday Legal Clinic2008
Memphis LawyerLinda Warren Seely: Dishing Out Some Legal Justice at MALS2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Memphis - Cecil C. Humphreys School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1999
University of South CarolinaScriptwriting & Video ProductionOther - Bachelors1994
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
State Government Attorneys ForumEthics and Social Media2016
State Attorney General's OfficeUnauthorized Practice of Law2016
Memphis Area Legal ServicesTrust Accounting2016
Putnam County Bar AssociationEthics2015
Chapter 7 Bankruptcy TrusteesEthics2015
AILA Annual ConferenceEthics2015
Williamson County Bar AssociationResponding to an Ethics Complaint2014
AILA Annual ConferenceEthics2014
AILA Annual ConferenceEthics2013
WTLS Annual Ethics SeminarEthics2012
TN Public Defender's ConferenceEthics2012
Annual Paralegal ConferenceEthics2012
Annual Immigration SeminarEthics/Unauthorized Practice of Law2012
AILA Annual ConferenceEthics2012
WTLS Annual ConferenceLimited Scope Representation2011
Local Bar LeadersProposed Amendment to UPL Statute2011
Legislative Update and Case Law ReviewNew Changes to Rules of Professional Conduct2011
Elder Law ForumUnauthorized Practice of Law2011
West Tennessee Government AttorneysLegal Ethics2010
TCAA Annual Spring ConferenceRecent Rule Changes & Disciplinary Actions2010
West Tennessee Government AttorneysLegal Ethics2009
TCAA Annual Spring ConferenceLegal Ethics2009
Pro Se Litigant Divorce ClinicLimited Scope/Unbundled Legal Services2009
Pro Bono RepresentationLegal Ethics2009