Lisa Bowman Luthringer, an attorney licensed to practice law in Tennessee, received a Public Censure from the Board of Professional Responsibility of the Tennessee Supreme Court on Monday.
After being retained in a child visitation case in November of 2012, Ms. Luthringer waited over seven months to file a motion for mediation. The case languished another 13 months until October of 2014, when she finally filed a motion to modify the parenting plan. Ms. Luthringer waited another 19 months to file a motion to set the case for a hearing. By the time the parties completed discovery, another year and a half had passed.
By failing to take reasonable steps to litigate the complainant’s case in a timely fashion, Ms. Luthringer has violated Rule of Professional Conduct 1.3 (diligence) and 3.2 (expediting litigation) and is hereby Publicly Censured for this violation.
A Public Censure is a rebuke and warning to the attorney, but it does not affect the attorney’s ability to practice law.