Hamilton County Jury Finds Texas Law Firm, Agents and Families Unlawfully Solicited in Fatal Woodmore School Bus Crash

NASHVILLE – A Hamilton County jury recently found a Texas law firm, its owner and agents responsible for consumer protection violations and unauthorized practice of law when soliciting families whose children are died in the 2016 Woodmore Elementary School bus crash in Chattanooga, Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery said.

The Chancellery Court jury ruled Nov. 12 against the Witherspoon Law Group, owner Nuru Witherspoon and law firm representatives Glenn Smith and Alphonso McClendon, ordering them to pay $ 96,000 in civil fines.

Smith and McClendon, who are not licensed attorneys, both approached parents whose children died in the crash, according to Slatery’s office, which also said McClendon had falsely presented himself as a lawyer.

(READ MORE: Woodmore Elementary School – The Victims)

Witherspoon has been found responsible for the conduct of representatives of his company, according to the attorney general’s office.

The defendants also violated Tennessee Consumer Protection Act for confusing their services, association with lenders, and for contacting consumers at a funeral home as they made final arrangements for their services. children, according to Slatery.

“These people – who didn’t even live or work in Tennessee – preyed on the families of the victims during the darkest days of their grief,” Slatery said in a press release. “This should send a message: portraying yourself in a false light and attempting to practice law when you are not authorized here will not be tolerated. “

School bus driver Johnthony Walker was convicted in 2018 of aggravated assault charges and sentenced to four years in prison.

– Compiled by Andy Sher

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