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Tennessee Lawyer Suspended for Forging Signature, Extravagant Fee

Oct. 5, 2020, 6:41 PM

A Tennessee lawyer who signed a witness’s name on a court document and who charged a vulnerable client an unreasonable contingency fee was suspended for two years.

The Tennessee Supreme Court said on appeal Oct. 2 that the state’s professional responsibility board “properly determined” that Douglas Ralph Beier violated three ethics rules, and rejected his “fusillade of arguments” as to why he should receive a public censure at most.

Beier violated rules on being candid in court and dishonesty, the court said stemming from a 2015 divorce case in which he forged a witness signature. He self-reported it to the ...