What Not to Expect
You should not expect to receive in the disciplinary proceeding any money damages or reimbursement of loss, although hearing panels may order restitution. You may file a claim for theft of funds by attorneys with the following Tennessee Supreme Court agency:
Tennessee Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection
1321 Murfreesboro Pike, Suite 810
Nashville, TN 37217
You should not expect to receive any individual legal advice or services from the Board or Disciplinary Counsel other than an inquiry and prosecution of your complaint if the facts warrant. Filing a complaint with the Board will not preserve your legal rights nor stop the statute of limitations from running in a legal malpractice or other legal action. You should pursue independent legal action and seek independent advice and counsel concerning your legal matter.
In cases in which the Board and/or Supreme Court imposes public discipline against an attorney (disbarment, suspension, or public censure), you will be informed of the discipline imposed. In those cases in which nonpublic discipline is imposed (private informal admonition or private reprimand) you will simply be informed that appropriate discipline has been imposed. Nonpublic discipline is imposed for less serious infractions by the lawyer. Finally if after the Board's investigation is completed, it is determined that the lawyer has not violated the Code of Professional Responsibility, you'll also be informed of the Board's determination.