After nearly six decades of service, the Nashville law firm of Guenther, Jordan & Price will no longer represent the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee.
An Oct. 11 letter signed by James P. Guenther and James D. Jordan was sent to Ronnie Floyd, EC president and CEO, and specified the decision is a result of the action taken by the EC board of trustees to waive attorney-client privilege in the investigation taking place by Guidepost Solutions.
“Sadly, we understand the Executive Committee’s decision to convey a negative attitude about the attorney-client privilege which it and the Convention enjoy,” the letter reads. “The decision causes us to carefully consider the prospect of moving forward as we try to represent the Executive Committee and the Convention in an alien environment. We simply do not know how to advise a client, and otherwise represent a client, with the quality of advice and representation the client must have, and in keeping with the standard of practice our firm tries to uphold, when the client has indicated a willingness to forego this universally accepted principle of confidentiality.
“For these reasons, we believe our commitment to a certain standard of professional conduct leaves us no choice but to advise you that we are withdrawing from our role as general counsel to the Southern Baptist Convention and the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention.”
Read more about Guenther and his longtime connection to Southern Baptists here.