The Tennessee Supreme Court has entered a new order suspending Chattanooga attorney Fred T. Hanzelik for one year, with six months actual suspension and the remaining six months served on probation.
Attorney Hanzelik earlier this year was censured, suspended for 30 days and ordered to pay $6,379 restitution to a client by the Tennessee Supreme Court.
In the latest case, the Board of Professional Responsibility filed a Petition for Discipline and Supplemental Petitions for Discipline against attorney Hanzelik for neglect of clients’ cases, failing to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing clients, and failing to adequately communicate with clients.
Attorney Hanzelik entered into a conditional guilty plea to resolve the board’s disciplinary charges.
The court said attorney Hanzelik’s actions violate Rules of Professional Conduct; 1.3 (diligence); 1.4 (communication); 3.2 (expediting litigation); 3.4 (fairness to opposing party and counsel); and 8.4 (misconduct).
Attorney Hanzelik must comply with the requirements of Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 9, Section 18 regarding suspended attorneys.