Informal Ethics Inquiries

Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 9, Section 5.4 provides for prospective ethical guidance to attorneys who need assistance.


The Court implemented the ethics opinion service in 1980 as a proactive program to prevent ethical misconduct. Formal Ethics Opinions by the Board are published which constitute principles and objectives upon which attorneys may rely for professional guidance, and can be searched online by clicking "Formal Ethics Opinions."  

In addition the Board’s Ethics Counsel responds to inquiries from attorneys seeking ethical guidance. Attorneys may complete the form below to submit an informal inquiry online, or call 1-800-486-5714 to speak with the Board's Ethics Counsel.


All of the fields of information in the form below must be acknowledged (yes/no) or completed as indicated.

If you do not receive a response within 48 hours after submitting your inquiry, please contact the Board's Ethics Counsel

To Consumers: This guidance is designed to help licensed attorneys resolve ethics issues. If you are not an attorney but need assistance in resolving an issue with your attorney, please visit our Consumer Assistance Program web page.

Informal Ethics Inquiry

Enter a valid 6 digit BPR number, and the form will populate the attorney's name and city as registered.

Please briefly describe the applicable facts.
Please briefly state the ethical question to be addressed (Note: legal issues will not be addressed).
Please reference any potential applicable RPCs (see Tenn. Sup. Ct. Rule 8) or other ethical authorities.
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