Memphis attorney suspended for having affair with client's wife

By Jamel Major - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Charles Sevier, a prominent Memphis attorney, has been suspended by the Tennessee Supreme Court after admitting to having an affair with a client's wife.

"He received a one year suspension, of which he must serve active suspension for six months," said Nancy Jones, Chief Disciplinary Counsel for the Board of Professional Responsibility. "Then he'll be on probation for the remaining six."

According to the Board of Professional Responsibility, Sevier violated Tennessee Supreme Court Rules of Professional Conduct when he had an affair with his client's wife.

"This is an unusual situation," Jones said.

According to Jones, Sevier did not tell his client he had an affair with that client's wife before representing him in a divorce proceeding against his wife.

"He had confidential information about the relationship between this man and wife," Jones said. "As a result of the sexual relationship he had with the wife, that confidential information put him in a conflict situation."

Sevier would not submit to an on-camera interview for this story, but did release a written statement.

"I've practiced law in Memphis for 47 years," he said. "This is the first complaint against me that had any merit. I am guilty of what I did, and I shouldn't have done it."

Along with the suspension, the Court also ordered Sevier to pay more than $1,600 in expenses associated with the disciplinary proceedings.

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